St. Bonaventure will add men’s and women’s outdoor distance track as NCAA-sponsored sports starting the 2016-17 academic year. The teams will be made up of the Bonnies’ current cross country squads and will run in races ranging from 400 to 10,000 meters.

“This will dramatically enhance the experience of the student-athletes in the programs while also making us much more competitive,” said cross country head coach Bob MacFarlane. “We will have the opportunity to recruit better and better student-athletes who are driven, focused and crave the chance to compete.”

McFarlane will also serve as head coach of the distance teams.