On the right track
DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College is on track to attract more student athletes to the field come fall.
The college is adding outdoor track and field to its athletic program hoping to tap into local talent and give a boost to enrollment.
Recruiting is currently open, practices are slated to begin in October and the first season will start in March 2020.
“Our region has a great deal of untapped talent in track and field,” Sauk Athletic Director Michael Stevenson said.
Performance-based scholarships will be available for students wanting to compete at the collegiate level as well as opportunities to transfer to a 4-year university.
“Our area has a large number of high school students who have the talent and ability to run at a collegiate level,” Stevenson said. “Now, we offer a viable option that will provide a chance to compete in the sport while obtaining an affordable, quality education.”
The Skyhawk athletic program, which includes about 100 students, includes baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, volleyball and men’s and women’s tennis.
“Sauk has a great tradition of academic and athletic excellence,” Sauk President Dave Hellmich said. “The outdoor track and field program will give students throughout the Sauk Valley an additional opportunity to excel in intercollegiate competition as well as in the classroom.”