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Maryland extends fundraising timeline for men's track programs

Maryland said Friday that it is extending the fundraising timeline in its effort to try to save at least a portion of the men's track program.

The men's indoor, outdoor and cross country teams were among eight teams recommended for elimination by a university commission last year due to severe budget issues.

Athletic director Kevin Anderson said in November that teams would be given the opportunity to raise money — eight years worth of total costs — by June 30 to remain in existence.

On Friday, Anderson said in a letter posted on the school's website that the fundraising timeline for men's track would be extended to December 31. Anderson said $1.88 million would need to be raised by then — including $470,000 by April 2 and $940,000 by June 30. The eight-year total of $3.76 million would be due by Dec. 30, 2013.

Under the revised plan, the roster would be limited to 14 members who would compete only during the outdoor season.

Men's track and field has already secured more than $575,000, and has a website (http://www.umterps.com/school-bio/save_track.html) devoted to the cause.

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