Men’s track is back

Bradley has reinstated its men’s outdoor track team for the 2012 season, focusing on middle and distance events and using the same athletes and coaches as the men’s cross country program. 

“The whole idea stems out of the University’s commitment for our student-athletes to be successful,” said coach Marc Burns (pictured above, back row, at left). He added that the year-round opportunity to train and compete will aid in recruiting and also benefit the cross country program. “Success builds on success.” 

This season features four to six outdoor meets, including the Missouri Valley Conference championships. 

“The experience gained from competing at a championship-level meet is unparalleled,” Burns said. “You can’t mimic that kind of atmosphere. I’m really excited our kids are going to have that opportunity.” 

He said initially there would be 15 to 20 members on the squad, and they would concentrate on the middle- and distance-running events, from 800 meters up to 10,000 meters. 

“We have everything we need to develop a cross country runner and the 800 on up on the track,” Burns said.redd.jpg

 Bradley had a men’s track team from 1900 until it was disbanded after the 1992 season. The school’s first Olympic medalist was track athlete CHARLES LAMBERT “PAT” REDD ’34 (right), who won a silver medal in the broad jump at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. 

Bradley now has seven men’s intercollegiate sports and eight women’s sports.

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— Bob Grimson ’81