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NDMU to offer Division III Cross Country

October 23, 2015

Notre Dame of Maryland University announced this week the addition of cross country running to its roster of NCAA Division III varsity sports. The first season will begin fall 2016. The University now joins the other institutions in its athletic conference, the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC: See csacsports.org for members) in offering this increasingly popular and personally rewarding sport.

In addition to offering a sport that is growing in popularity among young women in Maryland and across the country, and a 58-acre campus with pathways, hills, and variable terrain ideal for training, cross country offers NDMU a number of benefits and opportunities as well. The sport requires no new facilities and limited overhead costs, and provides a strong and growing applicant pool for the Women’s College. Nationwide, some 221,000 high school girls run cross country. In Maryland, that number exceeds 2,800.

The Athletics Department plans to name a head cross country coach in the coming weeks. Recruiting efforts for prospective cross country student-athletes will begin immediately.  For recruitment information, contact Allen Dehority, Sports Information Director, adehority@ndm.edu, 410 532 5378 or complete an online recruitment form.

The NDMU Strategic Plan calls for increased competitiveness of the athletics program. Attracting more student-athletes will help the University achieve this goal.

Notre Dame of Maryland University is an NCAA Division III member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). In 2014-14, 51 Notre Dame athletes (of 80 total) were named to the CSAC All-Academic Team for having a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher.