ASU Adds Indoor Track/Field for Rambelles
Beginning with the start of the 2010-11 academic year, Angelo State University will add women’s indoor track and field to the Rambelle repertoire, bringing to eight the number of NCAA Division II sports ASU women can compete in.
Multiple factors, including gender equity issues, the budgetary impact and ASU competitiveness, entered into the decision to start the sport, said Athletics Director Kathleen Brasfield in making the announcement.
“Women’s indoor track and field is an easy addition to our athletic offerings because it enhances our female participation in line with our gender equity goals and does so without a significant impact on our athletics budget,” Brasfield said. “We are excited because it will provide more opportunities for athletic competition for our women.”
ASU track and field coach James Reid, whose women’s team won the 2010 NCAA D-II Outdoor Track and Field National Championship last month, said the addition of the indoor competition will have little impact on the team’s training and practice regimen because the athletes train throughout the school year anyway.
While the training is the same, ASU does not have the facilities to host indoor meets and will be on the road to sites with appropriate facilities. The new sport will mean travel to three or four indoor meets each winter for the Rambelles.
A major advantage, according to Reid, will be in recruiting. By adding the indoor sport ASU will increase its ability to recruit female track and field athletes.
“Athletes always want more opportunities to compete at the championship level,” Reid said. “The addition of the indoor sport has the potential to make our women’s track and field program even stronger, and help us continue to be a national caliber team. It will definitely give our athletes another chance to bring national recognition to Angelo State and San Angelo.”
ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said his criteria for adding another women’s sport was in identifying one in which the Rambelles could be competitive quickly.
“Over the last decade and especially over the last two years, Coach Reid and his staff have proven they can run a track and field program that can compete with the best in Division II,” Rallo said. “Our national title this year and our national runner-up finish last year proves that. Clearly this new team, building on our recent and historic successes in track and field, has that capability. With indoor track and field, the Rambelles will have a new national venue for competition and we look forward to more championship seasons.”
Currently, the Lone Star Conference has five Texas schools that compete in women’s indoor track and field. While the LSC does not currently conduct a conference indoor championship, Reid said that could possibly change in the foreseeable future.
The NCAA’s D-II national meet is conducted each year in March.
ASU’s other women’s sports are volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, golf, softball and outdoor track and field.