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Plymouth St. to add men's, women's track and field

August 11. 2014 9:24PM

Plymouth State University athletics director John Clark announced Monday the school will add men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field to its varsity athletic program beginning in 2015.

A state-of-the-art indoor track facility for students, staff and community members is slated to open in October of 2015.

Construction began in May.

Clark also announced the hiring of John Ostler as the new head coach of all six Panther running programs — cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field for both men and women. Ostler is a former Hamilton College assistant coach. He is also a former league champion and record-holding distance runner at St. Lawrence University.

Ostler will coach the Panther cross-country programs beginning this fall, replacing PSU Athletic Hall of Famer Dave Severance, who resigned for personal reasons.

The Panthers will compete in the Little East Conference in track and field, aiming to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships.

The addition of the four track teams bumps Plymouth State’s number of varsity programs to 24 — 13 women’s and 11 men’s.

This will be the first women’s track and field team in the school’s history. A men’s program existed in the late 1960s under coach Paul Arold and continued in the 1970s under coach Gerd Lutter.

The program featured outstanding runners, such as Dave Stevens and Severance, both of whom became All-Americans and ended up in the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

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