WATERVILLE, Maine, May 2017 — Thomas College Athletics is proud to announce that beginning in the Fall of 2018, the Track and Field program will move from club status to an NCAA Division III varsity sport.
The department will continue to operate the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Program as a club for the upcoming academic year of 2017-18. The program, which has competed since 2013, will elevate from the competitive club level to Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Division III.
"As a long-time resident of Central Maine, I have been impressed with the growth of Thomas College as well as the innovative programs the college has added over the last ten years," said Thomas College head track and field coach Ian Wilson, who began coaching at Thomas in the fall of 2016. "The direction of Thomas has convinced me that track and field will thrive and grow here, and I am eager to guide the program to success in the conference and region."
Vice President for Enrollment Management Jonathan Kent, along with Thomas College administration, approved the addition to its Division III athletics program, which currently consists of 13 intercollegiate sports and three club sports.
Beginning in 2018-19, track and field will become a Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field member of the North Atlantic Conference, which currently supports Colby-Sawyer College, Castleton University, Husson University, the University of Maine at Farmington, Lyndon State College, Johnson State College, and Green Mountain College.
Thomas first-year student and jumper Brandon Monroe express his excitement with the recent announcement.
"I couldn't be more excited to be moving to the varsity level and finally being able to compete for a NAC Championship and possibly at a national level. I hope the Terrier community acknowledges Thomas Track and Field as a premier program in New England."
Women's thrower and first-year student Haylee Patterson is also ready to compete with other Division III schools.
"Being able to throw at the varsity level will be a great experience and I'm glad I get to continue doing the sport I love at the next level."