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UNG adds women's track and field to sport offerings


In an effort to expand opportunities for student-athletes and support its commitment to gender equity in athletics, the University of North Georgia (UNG) has added women's track and field to the university's sport offerings beginning with competition in the 2016-17 season, bringing the school's athletic programs to 13 intercollegiate sports.

"It is an exciting opportunity to add track and field to the UNG sports lineup," said Lindsay Reeves, UNG's athletic director. "The new program will enhance the competitive sports experience for both current and prospective student-athletes."

Women's cross country coach Tom Williams will serve as the head coach for the new program, while also maintaining his leadership role with the Nighthawk cross country team.

"Since reinstating the women's cross country program in 2012 after a two-year hiatus, we always knew the natural progression would be to bring in track and field student-athletes and continue the growth of our running program," Williams said. "The addition of track and field as a sport offering will provide us the ability to develop student-athletes year-round here at UNG.

UNG gains the 10th women's Division II track and field program in the state of Georgia.

The Nighthawks will begin to compete next season with University of Alabama in Huntsville, Augusta State University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Florida Institute of Technology, University of Montevallo, Nova Southeastern University, Shorter University and University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the Peach Belt Conference championship.

An initial track and field organizational meeting for current UNG students will be announced soon.

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