Jim Tresolini of the News-Journal was there, and he picked up on something we've been telling folks for a while now: when men's teams are eliminated due to Title IX compliance concerns, female athletes suffer too:It's a terrible shame this message didn't get out sooner.
The UD women’s track and cross country teams, which will remain, have also been negatively affected. Some prospective recruits, worried the women’s programs could be axed next or just preferring the camaraderie that men’s and women’s teams share, have looked elsewhere.
When the meet ended Saturday, and people began to disperse, members of the UD women’s team stayed the longest as Fischer was called into one photograph after another.
“We’ve been so lucky,” said senior distance runner Karen Mandrachia, a Newark High graduate, of having been around Fischer, whom she called a “one-of-a-kind coach.”
Yet, the absurdity of it all – UD losing two men’s teams and a beloved coach in the name of gender equity – was hard to swallow.
“The irony, oh my God, I don’t even understand it,” Mandrachia added. “It [Title IX] is supposed to be helping us, but it’s actually hurting us because we need him just as much as the guys need him.”