Eastern Florida State College to Add Cross Country Programs in 2022 | New

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MELBOURNE – Eastern Florida State College will begin competing at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level in men’s and women’s cross country starting in the fall 2022 season.

Jeff Carr, associate vice president of athletics for the EFSC and head coach of men’s football, told Hometown News in an email that the programs were added due to the popularity of cross country in the region and that school president James Richey “saw an opportunity to bring a sport that is very successful in Brevard County at the high school level.”

The addition of the two cross-country programs means the school will now have 13 competitions at the NJCAA level, according to a school release, where they will compete in Region VIII against 10 other men’s programs and five other women’s programs. At age 13, the EFSC will offer more competitive athletic programs than any other junior college in the state.

The release also said Brevard High Schools produced an impressive 22 state championships in men’s cross-country and 21 in women’s cross-country.

The men’s and women’s programs will each have a coach and Carr added that over the next few months the school will be doing a “national search” of these coaches “in the next few months.”

Mr Carr also noted that the hope is to have at least 10 riders per team.

He also added that the team currently has a definitive home training facility, but the school is “looking at several options.”

“The addition of cross country is like the icing on the cake for our athletic programs which often have teams ranked nationally and competing for national championships. We expect cross country to be just as exciting, ”said Jack Parker, EFSC vice president of external affairs in the statement.

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