June 15, 2016

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin has announced the addition of women’s indoor and outdoor track beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 academic year. The programs will compete at the NCAA Division I level as members of the Ohio Valley Conference. Men’s and women’s cross country head coach Peter Dalton will assume coaching responsibilities for the programs.

“We are certainly excited about reintroducing two programs that have been a part of our history into the Skyhawk athletic family,” said UT Martin interim athletics director Kevin McMillan. “The addition of these two programs not only allows our department to grow, but enables us to recruit new student-athletes to our campus while offering a positive student-athlete experience and a valuable UT Martin degree.”

The addition of the two programs will enhance UT Martin cross country programs ability to offer a comprehensive and competitive team at the conference, regional and national level. Dalton has already received commitments from 14 new student-athletes who will join the program in the fall.

"The reintroduction of the women's indoor and outdoor track team will offer our ladies a well-rounded and full collegiate track experience," commented Dalton. "The excitement our staff experienced while recruiting this talented group of ladies is just the beginning. This is an opportunity for the program and the region to take another major step forward in expanding women's sports."

UT Martin will now sponsor 16 NCAA athletic programs in addition to the NIRA sport of rodeo with the addition of women’s indoor and outdoor track. The additions mark the first time that the athletic department has expanded since equestrian was added in 2005. The 2016-17 season will mark the return of the two programs since they were discontinued from UT Martin’s athletic department following the 2003 season.

The indoor track season runs from December through March with the OVC Championships held Feb. 24-25. The outdoor season runs from March through June with the OVC Championships held May 11-13.

The focus of UT Martin’s women’s indoor and outdoor track and field will include the sprint, relays, mid-distance, distance and horizontal jump events.

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