Washburn adding sports

Adam Vlach

The Washburn Board of Regents last week approved the addition of three new sports at Washburn, each with a men’s  and women’s team.

Outdoor track, indoor track and cross country are being added to the list of sports Washburn offers, bringing the total amount of sports offered by the university up to 16.

The addition of track and cross country leaves Northeastern State University and Missouri Western State as the only two schools in the MIAA that do not offer those sports.

According to a news release from the Washburn athletic department, the three-year goal is to have about 45 men and 45 women to make up the teams. The hiring for coaching positions will begin in fall of 2015 to prepare for the first season a year later.

“We are excited about being able to provide student athletes coming to Washburn additional opportunities to compete in intercollegiate atheletics,” said athletic director Loren Ferré in the release.