BSC receives NJCAA grant to support new track and field and cross country programs
Published: Jun 02 2022
Bismarck State College (BSC) is the recipient of a $2,000 Sport Opportunity Grant from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Foundation to support its new men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs. The new funding will be used towards equipment for the new athletic programs.
“The NJCAA Foundation is excited to further support the growth of NJCAA member colleges and the sport programs they offer through the newly created NJCAA Sport Opportunity Grant,” said NJCAA Foundation Executive Director Brian Luckett. “The ability to provide this funding for the first time ever is a testament to the importance and growth of two-year collegiate athletics. The NJCAA Foundation looks forward to this initiative’s impact as NJCAA member colleges continue to create opportunities for student-athletes across the country.”
Mystics head cross country and track and field coach Jamison Dietrich has already begun recruiting to build the programs’ rosters. The goal is to add a minimum of 60 men and women student-athletes to compete starting in fall 2022.
BSC is part of the Mon-Dak Conference in the NJCAA but will compete at various collegiate meets, including against four-year universities. The athletes’ recorded results are used to qualify for the NJCAA national championships.
While BSC has the MDU Resources Community Bowl – one of the state’s best outdoor track facilities – on its campus, the college hasn’t had a track and field or cross-country program since 1985.