The new schedule format for the 2015 and the 2016 Division I men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championships has been approved by the Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet during a teleseminar.
The new system authorized collectively by the cabinet, will allow one sexual category to participate on days one and three of the championship and the other gender to compete on days two and four.
This was recommended by the Division I men’s and women’s track and field committee in a presumption that the schedule will perk up the overall championships experience. Totting up with this, the committee believes that this change could result in better media coverage, thereby allowing both the sexes to have more clear stories to be shared during the finals. By this means, the meet will be easier for fans to follow and team scoring can be more easily highlighted while following one particular gender each day, the committee adds. Seeing that, the winners will be crowned on separate days, the team of national championship men and women will also get to have their moment of recognition.
ESPN which broadcasts the competition can potentially include an extra hour of coverage on its family of networks. Having said that, from athletes’ standpoint, this agenda is quite favorable because it gives a rest day for each gender, which could help them perform better.
Initially, it was the U.S. track and field cross country coaches association that recommended the schedule change to the committee.
“Through mutual efforts we now have an exclusive opportunity to boost up the championship experience for the student-athletes and fans as we go on with it to move the game of track and field forward,” said Gina Sperry, the chair of the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee and associate athletic director at the University of Rhode Island.