WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department announced Friday the unfortunate news that it will fold the men’s and women’s cross country programs effective immediately. The program has struggled to recruit enough student-athletes to give both programs enough depth to compete at the NCAA Division III level. This season the Bison have been riddled with injuries and lack of interest and participation from the student body.
This is not the first time the cross country program has folded. The program returned to competition during the Fall of 2008 after being inactive for several years. Coach Andy Brinks ran the program from 2008-09 before stepping down this past summer. Brinks’ assistant coach Ben Harden was elevated to the head position.
“These decisions are never easy to make but it is in the best interest of the University and the Athletics Department to discontinue the men’s and women’s cross country program at this time. We will make every effort to try and bring back the program in the future,” said GU Director of Athletics Michael Weinstock. “We appreciate the time put into the program by Coach Brinks and Coach Harden along with our student-athletes over the past three years.”
There has only been one conference championship in the history of the Gallaudet University cross country program. The 1942 Gallaudet men's cross country team won the Mason-Dixon conference championship.