PBA to Sponsor Men's Cross Country in 2017
June 23, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic University will bring back men’s cross country and add men’s and women’s distance track to their athletic offerings beginning in 2017-18. PBA currently offers women’s cross country under the leadership of head coach Maryellen Powers.
The addition of men’s cross country, men’s and women’s distance track as well as men’s and women’s lacrosse will boost the athletic offerings to 17 at PBA by the start of the 2017-18 academic year.
All four running teams will fall under the direction of Powers who just completed her first season leading the women’s cross country team. In her first year, the Sailfish had two top-5 finishes including winning the USF Bulls Invitational. The women currently train at the Rinker Athletic Campus (RAC) where there is a cross country trail and will be joined there by the men.
"It’s great to see programs being added to our athletic department and it's exciting to be a part of Palm Beach Atlantic's growth,” said Powers. “Our teams have a tremendous amount of support, which helps to create a positive, healthy environment for all of our student athletes."
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the spring as distance track teams, competing strictly in middle and long distance races. The teams will not compete in sprints or field events.
Palm Beach Atlantic previously sponsored men’s cross country from 1980-2010.
“The addition of men’s cross country will serve as an excellent accompaniment to the women’s program,” said PBA Athletic Director Carolyn Stone. “Coach Powers has proven herself to be a successful, engaging, and motivating coach. I anticipate both programs to excel under her leadership and am excited that even more students will have the opportunity to experience winning the PBA way – striving for exceptional values, academics and outcomes.”
Palm Beach Atlantic is currently a provisional member of the Sunshine State Conference with an anticipated acceptance as a full member before the 2017-18 academic year.