NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Trevecca Nazarene University announced today that it is adding men's and
women's cross country as a varsity program beginning in fall 2010. These
additions bring the total number of NAIA programs offered at the Nashville
campus to 11.
harriers will compete in the TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC) and the
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
This will be the
second time in Trevecca's athletic history that the school has fielded a men's
cross country team. Trevecca sponsored men's cross country for four years in
the 1970s. Trevecca has never fielded a women's cross country program.
Dan Boone noted that adding these teams is a way to offer students more
opportunities:, "As Trevecca continues to grow, we are excited to add another
athletic opportunity for our students. We are a Christian community providing
education for leadership and service. Cross country competition will engage our
student athletes in this vital mission."
Director of athletics Brenda Patterson spoke for the Department of Athletics:
"We are excited to add these two new teams to our intercollegiate roster. At
this time the university has decided that cross country is the best path for us
to take in athletics. These teams will fit into our growth as a university and
as an athletic department."
Recruiting for the squad will begin immediately for runners for the inaugural
season. The search for a person who will coach both teams begins with this
On April 19, 1974, the Intercollegiate Athletic Board
approved men's cross country as a sanctioned part of the intercollegiate
athletic program. Beginning with the fall of 1974, TNC started scheduling home
and away cross country meets with member schools (SCAC) as well as
participating in the league meets.
These men ran for Trevecca during the four seasons of
Trevecca cross country: Jim Hiatt, Fred Stewart, Dennis Conrad, Jim Ward, Rick
Wagoner, Bob Jared, Jerry Jared, Brian Allison, Steve Bortner, Randy James,
Rick Morgan, Steve Blakeman, Bill Neal, Gerald Norrington, Charles Toland, Dale
Walker, Danny Driskell, Joey House, and Steve Peigh. The men were coached by
The first round of
cross country team's at Trevecca are still paying dividends. Jim Hiatt (J.D.,
M.B.A.) was on the first Trojan cross country team. He now serves as the dean
of Trevecca's School of Business.
Hiatt commented on
the return of cross country to Trevecca, "As a cross country runner on
Trevecca's first team (1974-75), I am pleased to see its return. In those
days we sometimes had a van for travel, but just as often, we packed everyone
into two cars and headed off to a meet. It was a great time of personal
growth and fellowship! I continue to maintain regular contact with three
of my old teammates and sporadically hear from several others."
"I view the
addition of both men's and women's cross country as a very positive move for
Trevecca's future. There are presently Nazarene college students running for
other universities who would have been interested in attending Trevecca had we
fielded cross country teams. I am excited at the prospect of allowing them to
represent us! "
"Closing on one
more nostalgic note, I recall the atmosphere of those early years where all the
schools were small and on very limited budgets. Often the visiting team would
eat a meal in the host school's cafeteria to save on expenses. Blessings on
future teams and wishing them great success."
Trevecca's first intercollegiate meet was on September 21,
1974 at David Lipscomb College at a triangular meet with Covenant College.
Trevecca's first intercollegiate meet at home (Shelby Park)
was on October 4, 1974, with Tennessee Temple.
Trevecca's first intercollegiate win was on October 22,
1974, at Shelby Park at a triangular meet with Lee College.
Covenant College hosted the SCAC Cross Country Championship
on October 12, 1974. Five teams were involved: Bryan College, Covenant
College, Lee College, Tennessee Temple, and Trevecca College. Trevecca missed
3rd place by one point while Trojan Bob Jared finished 4th.
Trevecca participated in the NCCAA National Meet at Bryan
College in Dayton, Tenn., on November 9, 1974. The team finished 10th. Bob
Jared placed 16th with a time of 27:44 out of 66 runners.
In 1975 the home meets were held on campus. The team
participated in three invitational meets and the NCCAA national meet.
The program was cancelled after the 1977-1978 season.