UAB athletics will add sport of men's cross country for Fall 2015

UAB athletics will add sport of men's cross country for Fall 2015

The following is from the UAB Athletics Department:

BIRMINGHAM,Ala. - UAB will add the sport of men's cross country to its athletics program, beginning with the 2015 season.

"We are excited to start a men's cross country program," said Blazers' head track and field/cross country coach Kurt Thomas. "We will have two informational meetings to discuss the requirements needed to join the team for the fall. This will be a unique opportunity for current UAB students to be a part of a Division I cross country program and continue their love for running. Our goal is to field a championship quality team in the near future, and this is the firststep."

It was announced in January that a men's sport would be added in order to meet NCAA requirements.

The Blazers will be looking to build their roster for the 2015 season as soon as possible.

With that in mind, Thomas announced there will be two informational meetings forcurrent UAB students to learn more about opportunities to become part of anNCAA Division I cross country team. All University students who will be enrolled full-time in the fall of 2015, including graduate students, may be eligible and should contact Coach Thomas for more information. Thomas also said scholarship opportunities will be available.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. in Ullman, Room 336. A second informational meeting for those unable to attend the first will be held on Friday, April 24 at 4 p.m. (also in Ullman 336).