About UNCW Track and Cross Country

UNCW’s Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Men’s Cross Country Programs have a highly successful history with many athletes and Head Coach Sprecher garnering awards despite the lack of attention and support.from UNCW athletics.

In the 2013-`14 season UNCW’s Men’s Cross Country placed 3rd in the CAA Championship. During the indoor track season, Dylan Skinner set a new standard in the men’s 600m. Skinner, won the 800m and anchored the winning 4×400 relay at the CAA Chamionships. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships where he would break the 800m school record and advance to the quarterfinals. On top of all that, he was named the CAA’s Men’s Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Tommy Schotzinger finished 3rd in the men’s 800m and earned All-CAA accolades. Cody Love won the 400m hurdle, which qualified him for the NCAA’s Eastern Regionals. Love also ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m.

In 2014 the UNCW’s Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams won eight events, including both relays, and the Men’s Track and Field team claimed their 11th Colonial Athletic Association Championship (CAA). Senior Meena Reid earned four gold medals by winning the 100 and 200 meter races and running legs of the the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Junior Cam Walton, earned three gold medals and he was named Field MVP of the meet. UNCW became the third school in CAA history to win all four relays, joining George Mason in 195 and 2003. The Seahawks are the CAA’s all-time leader in championships. UNCW freshman Brandon McLean was named CAA Rookie and Coach Sprecher was honored as the CAA Coach-of-the-Year for an 8th time.  Sprecher’s team have excelled academically as well. He has coached 32 Academic Al-American teams and 29 Academic All-Americans.

The current UNCW Track teams have 93 diverse athletes. The team is the largest athletic body on the UNCW campus but operates with one of the lowest levels of financial support from UNCW. It also is the most ethnically diverse team on the campus. If the team is eliminated UNCW Athletic Director Jimmy Bass admitted in his December 8, 2014 report that the diversity of UNCW Athletics will suffer through the loss of minority athletes.



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