LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University says it will close its running track to the public because of costs from wear and tear on the intercollegiate athletics facility.

The university says the closure will take effect Jan. 1 and that it is encouraging the public to use the running trail at the university's Sisbarro Park.

Athletics Director Mario Moccia says the university wants to upgrade the running track's surface and complex in the near future so NMSU can host a host a Division I track meet at home for the first time since 2006.