Even having worked in sports information for now nearly eight years, I have been to only a handful of college track meets. However, this year I'm headed to Barea, Ohio for the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships to give McMurry University some very much deserved publicity. Considering the amount of athletes that come out of this region to the national meets, McMurry is a minority. In Division III, track has been consistently dominated by midwest and northeastern schools. However, head coach Barbara Crousen (2010 South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year) has made the track program a mainstay in the division, highlighted by the men's national outdoor championship in 2008. Not only was it track's first ever team national championship, it was McMurry University's first team national championship of any kind since the school opened its doors in 1923.
So, this year, the first without McMurry phenom Hann Ollison, the men's team hasn't missed a beat and was a perfect 8 for 8 this season as the No. 1-ranked team in NCAA Division III by the weekly USTFCCA polls beginning in April.
I, along with athletics director Ron Holmes, will be soaking in three days of track and field action. While mcmurrysports.com will have all the "official" information, our true track fans should check this blog for constant updates. We will hopefully be bringing you videos, photos and mini-feature stories as well as general updates throughout the day with official recaps on the main athletics page in the evenings.
I will depart from the Abilene Regional Airport tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be there Thursday ready for action. In the mean time, here are some key links in case you've missed them:
• Release about the 15 athletes headed to Barea, Ohio for the national meet
• Baldwin-Wallace College's official host page of the meet
• Full List of Men's entrants
• Full List of Women's entrants
• McMurry's career list of record and all-Americans through 2009