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Urban Knights Go For Second National Championship

Last March, Academy of Art University’s Urban Knights won the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championship and in doing so, snagged a national title in their first year of Division II eligibility. This Thursday, the Urban Knights track and field team will try to repeat the feat at the Outdoor Championships in Pueblo, Colorado.“No other school in the NCAA has our majors and there’s a thirst out there among athletes,” said Academy of Art University’s Track and Field Coach Charles Ryan. “They don’t want to study English and political science and chemistry. They make those decisions because they feel like they don’t have any other choices.”This week, the women are looking to add some extra color to their canvas by winning their second national title in less than three months and, in the process, Ryan thinks they can shatter a few stereotypes, as well. “I hope, above all else, that we forever sever the stigma that creative people can’t be athletes,” he said. “That’s bigger than what any of us can do as individuals.”

San Francisco Examiner – May 19

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