Williams Baptist adds cross country to athletic program

Walnut Ridge, Ark. (WBCSports.com) – The athletic program at Williams Baptist College is growing again.  Williams has announced that it will add men's and women's cross country to its varsity sports next year, and Andrew Watson has been named the coach of both squads.

"Cross country is a great addition to our varsity sports lineup at Williams," said WBC Athletic Director Jeff Rider.  "On top of that, we are delighted to have Andrew Watson heading up the program.  His work ethic, attention to detail and outstanding character are exactly what we need as we launch these two teams."

Cross country is a long distance running sport where teams compete over distances that typically range from five to ten kilometers.  Competition takes place in the fall, and WBC plans to field its first teams in the fall of 2014.

"As we continue to add sports, I think cross country is a natural fit for WBC," said Watson.  "I am confident that Williams will be an attractive destination for prospective student athletes in our state and region, and I am really excited to begin the recruitment process in preparation for next fall."

The new coach, who is also WBC's director of admissions, is an avid runner, and he previously served as assistant men's basketball coach for the Eagles.  Watson said he hopes to have eight athletes on each of the cross country squads next fall.

"My goal is to put together a group of men and women who are not only student athletes but great ambassadors for Williams Baptist College. I am looking for individuals who take seriously the mission and vision of Williams," Watson noted.

The cross country program will bring the number of varsity sports at Williams to ten.  WBC recently announced the addition of men's wrestling for next year, and the new women's soccer team began competing this fall.  The college also fields teams in men's baseball, basketball and soccer and in women's basketball, softball and volleyball.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.  The Eagles compete in the American Midwest Conference of the NAIA.