CHADRON, Neb. – Chadron State College will ask the Board of Trustees of the Nebraska State College System for approval to add men’s and women’s cross country, effective in the fall of 2012.

“I’m excited about bringing cross country back to Chadron State. With the success that our track team has had the past couple years, we feel cross country will involve more students on campus and continue to improve our athletic program,” CSC athletic director Brad Smith said.

Currently, there are 13 women’s and 12 men’s cross country teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Black Hills State, which is joining the conference in 2012, sponsors both men’s and women’s teams.

The CSC teams will run in the hills south of campus, utilizing the outdoor trails that were created the past two years.

Smith said current track and field head coach Ryan Baily will oversee both cross country and track and field.

Chadron State fielded cross country teams from 1961 through 1985 but the program was discontinued because of budget cuts.

Baily, who is entering his third year at Chadron State, is excited about the revitalization of the program.

“Adding men’s and women’s cross country is going to help our track and field program a lot because it’s a dimension we haven’t had in the past,” he said. “There are a lot of quality distance runners who haven’t had a place to go and now they do. It’s a big step in the right direction. They’ll be able to train all year long and I’m confident we’ll be competitive.”