After many successful seasons in the past, what happened to the cross country team? That is the question many people have been asking around campus when it comes to Cabrini athletics.
The men’s cross country team has fallen from once being a competing team to one that is pressed to find students to participate in this sport.
“Participation has completely fallen off and it seems to only get worse,” Brittany Hume, junior math major, said.
Hume is in attendance on a regular basis for all Cabrini athletics.
“No one ever goes to the meets and it just looks as if no one seems to care anymore for the team,” Hume said.
“Support is key, and without it, the meets are just some kids running.”
But this trend only seems to be occurring at Cabrini, according to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association participation is up at the high school level and it looks as though athletes are getting excited to run.
“Participation exceeded 7.6 million students for the first time according to the National Federation of State and High School Associations,” USTFCCCA said in an article posted on their website.
The evidence points towards the cutting of track and field as the main cause of the underwhelming support of cross country.
“I think it is a possibility that the team could be defunded,” Diipali Figgles, senior business administration and political science major and former Cabrini cross country runner, said.
But another former member of the men’s team has another opinion.
“I can’t imagine the team going away. It’s a profitable sport and both of the teams have a lot of potential,” John Solewin, senior political science major, said.
In fact track and field has been discontinued but cross country is still very much apart of the Athletics Department.
“It would be a shame if the program was gone because it is an important part of the Cabrini athletics community,” Figgles said.
He was one of the favorites among student-athletes both in and out of the programs.
“He was really a great guy, always fun to be around and really wanted you to do well. His top priority was for you to succeed,” Solewin said.
The biggest issue among the students is the lack of support. Many may wonder why people run. For most runners it’s not about who watches, but about what drives them to run.
*Article updated with corrected fact on Oct. 28, 2010. In the print version it claims that Coach Williams was forced to leave due to the discontinuation of the sport but in fact he left three to four months prior and the events have no relation to each other.
*Article updated with corrected fact on Oct. 28, 2010. In the print edition the article fails to mention track and field was discontinued rather than defunded. Cross country is still a recognized sport in the Athletic Department.