May 27, 2015
Johnson State College is adding men’s and women’s outdoor track and field to its NCAA Division III varsity program starting in the 2015-16 academic year. The teams will be the 14th and 15th varsity sports at Johnson State, and JSC will become the fourth college in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) to offer women’s track and field and the sixth college to offer men’s track and field. As of 2015-16, Johnson State will sponsor eight varsity sports for women and seven for men.
The move reflects the increased popularity of track and field at the high school and college levels as well as interest on Johnson State’s campus. The NAC held its first track and field championship this year, and it is slated to host its first men’s track and field championship next year.
“We couldn’t be happier to announce the addition of men’s and women’s outdoor track and field to our growing list of varsity teams,” said Jamey Ventura, director of athletics and recreation. “We’re committed to providing a quality experience for our student-athletes, and the addition of these programs only serves to enhance our current offerings.”
Shawn Woods, men’s and women’s cross country coach at Johnson State, has been named head coach for both track and field teams. After two years running a successful co-ed club outdoor track and field team, Woods is proud to be at the helm of the programs.
“Our recruits and our current runners have been working hard to build this program,” Woods said. “We’re all looking forward to this upcoming season.”
Currently, JSC offers women’s varsity basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball as well as men’s basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. The college last expanded its athletics program in 2013, when it introduced women’s lacrosse at the varsity level.
To learn more, visit athletics.jsc.edu.