ARLINGTON, Va. - Marymount University Director of Athletics Jamie Reynolds announced this week that the Saints will be adding two more teams to the athletic family in Track & Field, set to begin competition in the 2019-20 academic year.
"The addition of track and field will open the door to a new group of competitive student-athletes," Reynolds stated. "We look to give track and field the same support and strong foundation as we've given our most recently added programs of baseball and men's volleyball, which are seeing great success."
The men and women's squads will be headed by current Cross Country Head Coach Brian Cunningham, who has deep roots in the sport from his work at previous institutions.
"I am extremely excited to bring track and field to Marymount... I've been a track guy since I first went out for the team in high school," Cunningham said. "This is a natural fit for our University: we strive for diversity on campus, and well, there aren't many sports that are more diverse than track and field. With over 18 events, we have a spot for all body types and backgrounds. The only requirement being that you work hard to get better every day: on the track, in the classroom and as a person."
Cunningham has a decorated history in track and field, having run for the Division I College of William & Mary and coached across multiple institutions and levels. He has mentored numerous All-Americans in cross country and track and even had a successful stint at local Lake Braddock Secondary School, helping the girl's cross country team capture a state championship.
"I look forward to the leadership that Coach Cunningham will bring to the new program," Reynolds said. "The vision for the future is very strategic and practical. I believe strongly in his ability to build this program from the ground up and lead both our cross country and track and field programs to the next level."
"I'd like to thank our President, Dr. Matt Shank, and Jamie for the opportunity to lead this program as we expand our Marymount athletic family," Cunningham stated.
The program will start with the mid-distance and distance events, and will continue to grow into additional events in the coming years.
With the addition of the two programs, Marymount now consists of 19 athletic teams.