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Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics San Jose State's first women's track team will compete in 2014.

For the first time since 1997, San Jose State University is adding to its NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program. With a keen interest in enhancing its women’s cross country team, the Spartans plan to add outdoor track beginning with the 2013-14 season.

Since sponsoring women’s cross country in 1994, team members were limited to local races as individual entries during the traditional outdoor track season months of March through June. With the addition of women’s outdoor track, the Spartans can compete as a team locally, regionally and in conference competition, for a conference championship, and qualify for the NCAA Championships.

“We are in an advantageous position to enhance our women’s cross country team with the addition of women’s track as our newest NCAA Division I athletics program. This decision will give our existing cross country team members a better overall intercollegiate athletics experience and we will be able to attract a more diverse and talented pool of prospective female student-athletes from high schools and community colleges,” said Athletics Director Tom Bowen.

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