By: KAYLA SMITH
Fall will be upon us before we know it and that means not just a new academic year, but also the addition of both a men’s and women’s cross-country running team.
IU South Bend welcomes new cross-country head coach Rob Carrasco of Mishawaka. Carrasco ran for Mishawaka High School, followed by DePaul University.
The plans for the addition of the cross-country teams is to have time spent recruiting. This past semester and throughout the remainder of the current spring semester will be time spent recruiting students for both teams.
“My plan for the future is to field a team that will be competitive and represent Titan nation in a way that we can all be proud of,” said Carrasco.
The recruitment is open to any student. Those interested are welcome to contact Carrasco. Recruiting will be done largely in Indiana.
“There are a lot of great runners in Michiana and in this part of Indiana,” said Carrasco.
The timeframe for recruiting students will remain an open process, meaning that coach Carrasco will be keeping his options open.
“I’ll speak to anyone who is interested in competing,” said Carrasco.
The addition of a new sport on campus offers another chance for students to become more involved with their peers whether students wish to participate in the competitive running or be a supporter of the new team.
Many of the meets will be in the local area, and the more supporters who come out to the meets, the better.
“It’s another reason to be proud of Indiana University South Bend,” said Carrasco.