NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - UNCW will release the results of its comprehensive review of its athletic programs on Wednesday.
According to a memo issued to committee members, recommendations may include eliminating or adding sports programs.
Several UNCW track students say because their programs makes less revenue than other sports, and because other schools have considered cutting track programs, they are worried their program could be on the chopping block.
In South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University officials were planning on cutting the Men's Track and Field program, but released a statement on May 10 rescinding the decision.
"We are all afraid," said Marlee Cadwell, a rising senior on UNCW's Track Team.
"There is a lot of talk, and it's just not a good place to be," said Cameron Walton. Students said they came to UNCW to be on the track team, and can't imagine life without it.
"All I wanted to do was play sports in college, and this was my opportunity," said Trip Foreman, a rising senior.
"You are always trying to get better," explained Cadwell. "You have slumps but you overcome it and it's just really enjoyable to be able to do that."
They say it's about more than the competitions.
"We've become a family," said Foreman. "I have people that I've been friends with for 18 years, but in three years I'm already closer with these people."
"You travel together, you see each other everyday," said Cadwell.
The students say they don't know what's going to happen, but they are just hoping for the best.
"It's unsettling, but I think we just want to know an answer," said Cadwell.
Any proposed changes will go to the chancellor for a decision. Chancellor Gary Miller will consult with the Board of Trustees about his final decision.
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