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UNCW student athletes looking for answers after cuts

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - For the first-time since learning their sports would be cut, UNCW cross country runners and track & field athletes met Thursday with Athletic Director Jimmy Bass, and Interim Chancellor William Sederberg about Monday's moves.

The meeting was open to student athletes, parents, coaches, and alumni, but closed to the public and media. In the end, more than 150 people packed into UNCW's Golden Hawk room to ask questions for just over three hours.

"I would say for the most part, me and my family we just want definitive answers as to why we're being cut and what events led to this for the past 18 months, 3 years, 10 years,” said junior jumper Mikayla Kinloch. “As to why a whole program is being eliminated on a school when we were promised..I wouldn't say promised, but given the feeling that we were going to get a new track over the summer."

The majority of the answers given had to do with the financial situation that the University's Athletic Department is in. 

“It is my job to create a stable finical model here that will work not just for this year, or next year, but for years to come” said UNCW Athletic Director Jimmy Bass.

Bass went on to say that, “This is the last thing that a good athletic administrator wants to do is make cuts. We have had good success over the past 18 months in sports specific giving in many sports. We haven't had the same type of response from our track and field lettermen. We have also worked hard to find major gift donators for facility upgrades, but we haven't been able to find anyone to say yes.”

But for athletes like Kinloch they just want to be given a chance to keep their programs alive.

"He is talking to us about how we are underfunded. But the thing for us is just being giving the chance to raise money and awareness; we would have people here in two days. Just wonder what we could do over six months and given the chance to do everything we can to save our program," Kinloch said.

If the current planned cuts happen, Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field, Women's Indoor Track and Field, and Men's Cross Country will be cut at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

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