- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina-Wilmington’s running programs are safe for the upcoming academic year.

The school and a grassroots support group said Monday nearly $260,000 has been raised - enough to fund the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs in 2015-16.

The school in December proposed to eliminate the programs to cut costs. In February, it said those teams would not be cut in 2015-16 if the Save UNCW Track support group raised $250,000 by May 31.

In a statement, the school called meeting that goal “the first step toward preserving a future for this program.”

The group also must raise $800,000 by Feb. 1 for facility renovations or risk the teams being cut in the future.

The Seahawks have won 11 Colonial Athletic Association titles in men’s track.

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