There is news on two national championships for the future.
First, the Tribune-Star of Terre Haute, Ind., is reporting that the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships could very well return to Indiana as opposed to heading to Oregon for the first time ever. The NCAA has yet to announce a site, but it had appeared that the University of Oregon had the inside track to host the event. Now teams are already booking rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Terre Haute instead. A final decision will be handed down by the end of the month.
Craig Pearson of the Tribune-Star wrote:
According to a report in the Eugene Register-Guard last month, the University of Oregon planned to hold the races at Portland Meadows. That site, according to a source in the report, was unacceptable to the NCAA due to the gambling motif at the horse-racing facility.
“We thought we had an answer, obviously we had to re-assess … Oregon was unable to secure a site,” [NCAA Track Committee Chairman Todd] Patulski said.
Elsewhere, the shoe company New Balance has announced a multi-year partnership with the National Scholastic Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in New York City to bring a unified premier indoor high school event — the New Balance Indoor Nationals — to the host site of the 2011 Heps Championships. In fact, the Championship will take place two weeks after Heps (March 11-13).
“We are delighted that New Balance and the National Scholastic Sports Foundation have joined to bring a true unified National High School Championship here to the Armory,” said Armory President Norb Sander. “It will be a great meet with a wonderful setting for our student-athletes from across the country.”
“We are excited to partner with both New Balance and the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory for this meet,” said meet director Jim Spier. “We recognize the passion and commitment both entities bring to high school running and are eager to work together. Now having one indoor high school championship means that the most talented student-athletes in the country will be competing head-to-head in one unified meet, which will bring this event to new unprecedented levels.”
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