Athletics: Track & Field
The new century has meant a new era of success for the Muhlenberg College track and field program. The women's and men's teams have combined to break or tie more than 80 school records (indoor and outdoor) since 2000. The program sent athletes to the NCAA Division III Championships 34 times from 2000 to 2013, with 13 coming home All-Americans since 2003.
The women's team won its first conference championship in 2005, capturing the outdoor title just five years after finishing ninth out of 10 teams.
The men's team finished second at the Centennial Conference Indoor Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2005, after scoring only one point at that meet as recently as 1999. The men also came in 10th at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The success has gone hand-in-hand with an on-campus, eight-lane all-weather track built in the summer of 1998 and an indoor facility refurbished in the summer of 2004. The Mules hosted the CC Outdoor Championships in 2001, 2005 and 2011 and had their first two indoor home meets in 2005. Both tracks were resurfaced in the summer of 2014.
The practice season begins in mid-October. Competition in indoor and outdoor meets begins in January and goes all the way through to the first week of May, culminating with the CC Championships.
In preparation for the championship meets, the Mules compete in multi-team invitationals once a week at indoor and outdoor sites including Bucknell, Kutztown, Haverford, Lafayette, Princeton, Dickinson, Moravian and the Armory in New York City. Muhlenberg athletes frequently compete against Division I and Division II athletes as they seek to qualify for the NCAA Championships.