Release courtesy of Rose-Hulman Athletics
TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and "Cross Country Town USA" will serve as hosts for the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships for the second time on November 21, 2020.
More than 550 student-athletes will compete in the two championship races. Thirty-two teams and over 50 individual runners will be selected for both the men's and women's races.
The LaVern Gibson Championship Course served as the site for twelve NCAA Division I Championships and one NCAA Division III Championship since 2002. The 2020 NCAA Division I meet will be held in Stillwater, Oklahoma, providing Rose-Hulman an opportunity to host the Division III event.
The city of Terre Haute has been proclaimed "Cross Country Town USA" due to this tradition of hosting nationally recognized events. As part of hosting the 2020 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, Rose-Hulman and the City of Terre Haute will also host a Pre-National Meet in mid-October. The Pre-National Meet is an opportunity for national contending schools and individuals to compete on the course in advance of the championship and will include similar numbers of runners to the championship.
"We are extremely happy to partner with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to host the NCAA Division III National Championships. The runners and attendees will provide a significant economic impact to Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley," said David Patterson, Executive Director of the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Cross Country National Championships will represent the seventh NCAA Division III national championship event that Rose-Hulman has hosted. Previous national events include the 1995 Golf National Championships; 2002 and 2003 Women's Basketball National Championships; the 2007 and 2009 Indoor Track and Field National Championships; and the 2012 Cross Country National Championships.
"Rose-Hulman is honored to bring another national championship event to 'Cross Country Town USA.' Our planning committee is excited to begin working with David Patterson, the THCVB, the LaVern Gibson Championship Course staff, and the city of Terre Haute to provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans a first-class experience," said Larry Cole, Rose-Hulman track and field head coach and Meet Director for the 2020 NCAA Division III Championships.
The LaVern Gibson Championship Course has direct Rose-Hulman ties in its evolution. The Course was founded by Greg Gibson, 1984 Rose-Hulman graduate; William Welch, long-time head coach at Rose-Hulman; and the late John McNichols, long-time Indiana State coach. All three are members of the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.
The meet will continue Rose-Hulman's tradition of hosting major events at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. Rose-Hulman will host the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in November, prior to the 2020 Pre-National and NCAA Division III National Championship events.