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BYU combines men's, women's track programs

Published: Tuesday, May 28 2013 1:00 p.m. MDT

Runners sprint down a track. BYU has announced it will combine its men's and women's track programs into one.

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PROVO — The BYU men's and women's track teams will be consolidated under head coach Ed Eyestone starting June 10, athletic director Tom Holmoe announced Tuesday.

Under NCAA rules, schools with separate men's and women's teams are allowed three full-time coaches per team. By combining the two teams, BYU track athletes will have a full-time coach in their respective events.

"This change will give us an opportunity to administer the track and field program more effectively and efficiently," Holmoe said. "It allows for better coordination of competition schedules, recruiting and travel. The biggest advantage is our student-athletes will benefit from increased individualized coaching."

Combining men's and women's teams is part of a growing trend in college athletics. In 2009, BYU consolidated its men's and women's swimming programs.

Eyestone has coached at BYU since 2000. He has guided the Cougars to nine conference titles in cross country, and four top-10 finishes in the NCAA championships.

Eyestone retained Mark Robison and Patrick Shane — the head coaches of the men's and women's programs — on the coaching staff. Other coaching positions are under review. BYU competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation during the indoor season. During the outdoor season, the Cougars compete as an independent.

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