Dec. 11, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - After hosting the NCAA Great Lakes Regional the past two seasons, Wisconsin has also been selected to host the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of the event at the Zimmer Championship Course, the NCAA announced today.
"We are excited about this opportunity to host the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet for the next three years," Wisconsin Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Mick Byrne said. "This shows the confidence the NCAA has in our ability to host a first-class event on the best cross country course in the nation. Our student-athletes enjoy competing at home in front of parents, friends and fans."
The Badgers will have a run of five consecutive years hosting the regional meet, dating back to 2012. The 2014 NCAA Great Lakes Regional will mark the fourth time Wisconsin has hosted the regional meet, including the 1974 event.
The top two teams from each of the nine regionals earn automatic spots in the NCAA championship. In addition, 13 at-large selections will be made to complete the 31-team field.
The Zimmer Championship Course opened in 2009 with the inaugural Wisconsin adidas Invitational. Located adjacent to University Ridge Golf Course, the course features an exterior loop of approximately 2,500 meters and an interior loop of 1,000 meters. Both loops cover the area's rolling hills and valleys, while the outside loop also runs through a section of dense forest.
The new NCAA championship bid process creates the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 82 championships across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This process now gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience.