Terps men’s outdoor track will continue for at least two more years

The Maryland’s men’s outdoor track and field team, one of the eight varsity sports originally recommended by an athletics commission to be cut last November, will continue to hold its varsity status for the next two years until the university transitions from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten thanks to private donations to the “Save Our Sports” fundraising initiative, Athletics Director Kevin Anderson announced Tuesday night.

Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson (By Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

“Our decision to move to the Big Ten Conference will provide enormous benefits to the University of Maryland, both athletically and academically,” said President Wallace Loh, who recently formed the President’s Commission on Big Ten/CIC Integration, in a news release. “The continuation of our storied track and field program is a great first step.  I look forward to additional recommendations from the Commission on how to ensure the productive and positive integration into the Big Ten.”

When seven varsity sports were discontinued in early July, men’s outdoor track & field were saved from the chopping block after a successful fundraising campaign. The Terrapins will compete with 14 student-athletes during the upcoming spring season, according to the news release. A full schedule is pending, but will begin in late March.

“We are very excited to continue the outstanding legacy of the men’s track and field program at the University of Maryland,” Anderson said. “We sincerely appreciate the commitment and dedication made by our student-athletes, Coach [Andrew] Valmon and his staff during this transition.

“We have reconvened the President’s Commissions and with their help we will evaluate the potential of reinstating sports programs at Maryland once we transition into the Big Ten Conference. Thanks to the generosity of our donors who stepped up to meet the financial challenges, we will continue the men’s outdoor track and field program and give the President’s Commission the time they need to evaluate long-term options and come back to us with some recommendations.”

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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Alex Prewitt · December 18, 2012