Central Michigan University Athletic Director Michael Alford announced the university if discontinuing its men’s track and field program immediately.

Alford said the decision was not made easily during university-wide budget cuts.

"We did not make this decision lightly, but we are facing a new financial reality due to enrollment challenges and now COVID-19," Alford said. “Hundreds of students have participated in this longstanding, successful program at Central Michigan, and we know this will impact them — and supporters of this program — greatly."

Alford stressed CMU's commitment to funding programs to be able to win and compete. He doesn't want to have any programs under-funded.

Thirty-six student-athletes are affected by this decision, including some who also compete in cross country.

The university said two full-time assistant positions are being eliminated.

Scholarships for current men's track and field student-athletes will be honored for their academic careers at CMU, the university said.

According to the university, student-athletes who want to join another institution's roster can be released without penalty and can transfer immediately.

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