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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (June 23) was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Richard Nixon, prohibiting sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving any type of federal financial aid.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Title IX - RUNOHIO would like to offer $9 one year subscriptions. To take advantage of this offer- mail your payment with your name or a friend’s name and address to - RUNOHIO, P.O. Box 238, Granville, OH 43023. Or register online https://runsignup.com/runohio  and use the RUNOHIO One-Year Club Member Subscription $8 price as with the online charge it will be $9.14.

Editor note: While in graduate school at Miami University I started the women’s cross country team under the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. The women’s team finished 4th in the All Ohio Cross Country Championships four times. The team ran the Mid American Conference Cross Country Championships two years, finishing as high as eighth with one Miami runner earning All-Conference honors. Two Miami women qualified for the AIAW National Cross Country Championships in Pocatello, Idaho. It wasn’t until 1982 all divisions of the NCAA offered national championship events for women's athletics. A year later in 1983, the 75th Convention approved an expansion to plan women's athletic program services and pushed for a women's championship program. - The last two years I coached the Miami women’s cross country program the women were denied the opportunity to run in the Mid American Conference Cross Country Championships as the Miami Athletics Department did not recognized the women’s team as an NCAA program. The women cross country team was a club team thru M.U. Recreational Sports since the athletic department wouldn’t sponsor the team.

The Miami University Athletic Director first comment to me, when I first met with him to discuss adding women’s cross country to the athletic offerings at Miami, was “No one cared about girls running until  you showed up on campus”.  My response was “Sir, I am not sure if that is true, there has been an OHSAA State Girls Cross Country Championships for three years and the MAC now sponsors a Women’s Cross Country Championships.  In fact from my research Miami is the only Division I institution that has a women’s track & field program not having a women’s cross country program sponsored by the athletic department”.


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