University in Kansas suspends track and field program

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Haskell Indian Nations University has canceled its upcoming track and field season due to several factors, including cost, facilities and competitiveness.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that President Venida Chenault last month approved placing the program on suspension.

Haskell Board of Regents members say the program costs about $8,000 annually in addition to coaching salaries. They say the price is a small percentage of the school's overall athletics budget.

Chenault says the university often competes against schools that invest millions of dollars in their programs. The current collegiate standard for a track is eight lanes, but the university only has six. It also lacks high jump pit or a standard discus or javelin pit.

Chenault says the university doesn't have a permanent athletics director. She says it's unknown when the school will be able to hire one.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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