Dover - 2015
It is a year of 'firsts' for the Delaware Tech Terry Campus cross country program. It is the first year the women's team will compete at the NJCAA level, and it is the first time there will be a men's team on campus. The men will be competing as an independent team.
"We are very excited to have both the women's team move up to NJCAA Region XIX competition and the ability to provide an opportunity for the men at Delaware Tech who are interested in cross country," said head coach Ray Parker. "The program continues to grow, and these changes are a positive reflection of that growth."
Parker, along with assistant coaches Sonja Quinonez and Karin Ryndak, works with 22 runners in the program - 12 women and 10 men. Most of them come from local high schools, such as Dover, Caesar Rodney, Lake Forest, Smyrna, Middletown and Poly Tech.
"Being able to provide an opportunity for our local student-athletes to continue their cross country careers is important to me and the mission of Delaware Tech," said Parker. "It enhances their college experience and allows them to continue competing in a sport they enjoy."
Although the women's team competes within Region XIX of the NJCAA, they won't actually compete against other member schools until the Regional Championship and if they qualify at Districts and the National Championship. To keep in step until that part of the season comes around, the program participates in various events throughout the region.