Augusta State to add men's and women's track and field

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:12 PM
Last updated 8:56 PM
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Augusta State announced this afternoon the school will add men’s and women’s outdoor track and field to its athletic program, bumping its sports offerings to 13 varsity sports.

Men’s and women’s outdoor track and field will begin this upcoming academic year. The season runs in the spring, and the NCAA Division II championship will be held in late May.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said Adam Ward, the Jaguars’ cross country coach who will also assume track and field coaching responsibilities. “It’s going to be a good challenge.”

The Peach Belt Conference has added Alabama-Huntsville and Harding for track and field only. The league had five schools for men’s track and needed one more to have a championship in 2013; the Peach Belt already had six women’s track teams. Augusta State decided to accelerate their plan to add track and field, bumping its timetable up a year.

“It’s going to be real exciting,” Ward said, adding his cross country team has been competing in spring track and field meets since 2005.

Ward is now working on recruiting. For the 2012-13 season, the school will offer no scholarships. Ward said he’s proposed a scholarship budget for the 2013-14 season – the first year with the new consolidated university, which merges Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences University.

Right now, the plan is to have about 15-20 athletes on each of the men’s and women’s rosters. His cross country runners will likely participate on the track team. Ward will need to add another handful of runners and throwers to complete his rosters.

“We need a lot more women than men,” he said.

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countyman
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countyman 06/13/12 - 04:30 pm
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We need a multi-use stadium

We need a multi-use stadium downtown to hold the GHSU/ASU football, soccer, and baseball teams...

Insider Information
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Insider Information 06/13/12 - 06:11 pm
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After years of budget cuts at

After years of budget cuts at ASU, where is the money coming from?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 06/13/12 - 08:01 pm
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Countyman,

Why don't you donate the first $1K toward its construction? As my late Father used to say, "Put YOUR money where your mouth is."

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/13/12 - 08:12 pm
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Someone tell Countyman they

Someone tell Countyman they don't have a football or soccer team and they have an athletic complex on Wrightsboro Rd, plus a great stadium at Richmond Academy near ASU if they ever decide to play football.

With this new track team, I wonder if I have any eligibility left?

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 06/13/12 - 11:34 pm
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Countyman
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You are a renter...quit trying to spend property owners tax dollars...put up or shut up!!

my.voice
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my.voice 06/13/12 - 11:58 pm
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I didn't know Azizz's micro

I didn't know Azizz's micro managing was considered a sport...

avidreader
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avidreader 06/14/12 - 11:26 am
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ASU Soccer

Someone, please correct me if I am wrong, but didn't ASU drop the men's soccer program because Title IX insisted that they add more women's roles to meet federal standards? Instead of adding more women, the school decided to drop the boy's team. Now they're adding up to 40 more athletes -- men and women inclusive. And yes, I too am wondering where the money's coming from. Traveling around the southeast isn't cheap.

Also, Paine College already uses ARC's track and field.

csrareader
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csrareader 06/14/12 - 12:15 pm
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Soccer?

Track and field is nice, but soccer is needed.

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