Courtesy of UT Sports Information
TOLEDO, OH - The University of Toledo announced today that it has been selected to host the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championships at Ottawa Park Golf Course in Toledo. It will be the first-ever regional cross country championship meet to be hosted by the Rockets. The Great Lakes Region consists of all Division I programs in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin, and features schools from various conferences, including the MAC, Big 10, Big East, Horizon League, Atlantic 10 and several others.
Toledo will join fellow regional host Northern Illinois as one of nine regional sites around the country next season. UT and NIU will be just the third and fourth Mid-American Conference schools, respectively, to host an NCAA Regional Championship.
"This is a great step for our program," said UT Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Kevin Hadsell. "I have had a dream of hosting this meet since I came here 12 years ago. We are traditionally one of the top teams in the region, so to be able to race at home with a shot at the NCAAs is a great boost for our program."
"We are pleased to host this important event for the University of Toledo and the City of Toledo," said Greg Fish, a 1972 Toledo graduate and COO of Master Golf Management Group in Toledo. "Ottawa Park is truly one of the most important and historical municipal parks in the country."
The 2011 meet will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, with the men's 10,000-meters championship starting at noon and the women's 6,000-meters championship starting at 1:00 p.m. The top two teams and top four individuals from the remaining teams will automatically advance to the NCAA Championships to be held on Monday, Nov. 21. Thirteen other universities and two additional individuals will also be selected based on their regional finish and regular season head-to-head records to complete the national field.
Ottawa Park Golf Course is the oldest public golf course west of New York City. The course was formally established in 1899 and has hosted golf since 1894. The site has also hosted several cross country championships, including the 2004 Mid-American Conference Cross Country Championships, and is the traditional site for the Toledo City League Championships.
"I have been coaching at this level for nearly 20 years and Ottawa Park Golf Course is one of the most beautiful places to run in the country," Hadsell said. "The footing is amazing since the course is run on the fairways and in the first cut. The course has been in the same place for 116 years so it is manicured perfectly."
For more information on the course, visit: http://www.ottawaparkgc.com