TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology, the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau and
"Cross Country Town USA" will serve as hosts for the 2012
NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships on November
The LaVern Gibson Championship Course served as the site
for eight consecutive NCAA Division I Championships from
2004-11. In 2012, the Division I meet will move to
Louisville, providing Rose-Hulman an opportunity to host the
Division III event.
More than 550 student-athletes are expected to compete in the
two championship races. Thirty-two teams and 56 individual
runners will be selected for both the men's and women's
complete list of runners qualifying for the Championship Meet is
Prior to the championship race, Special Olympics athletes
from throughout Indiana will participate in a 10:30
a.m. race. Rose-Hulman and the city of Terre Haute are
proud to continue this partnership initiative between NCAA Division
III and hosts at national championship events.
The city of Terre Haute has been proclaimed "Cross Country Town
USA" due to this tradition of hosting nationally recognized
events. The eight-kilometer men's championship will take
place at 11 a.m., followed by the six-kilometer women's event at
noon. The award ceremony will follow at 1:15.
"We're looking forward to continuing the tradition of NCAA Cross
Country National Championships in Terre Haute. We're excited
to have the Division III coaches and student-athletes travel to
Cross Country Town USA and compete at the nationally acclaimed
LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course," said meet director Matthew
On the men's side, North Central College has won two of the last
three national championships, with Haverford College claiming the
2010 title. Washington University in St. Louis won the
women's national championship in 2011, with Middlebury College
crowned as the titleist in 2010.
Haverford enters the NCAA Division III National
Championships as the nation's top ranked men's team, followed
by North Central and Calvin. Massachusetts Institute of
Technology stands as the top ranked women's team, with Johns
Hopkins and Williams ranked second and third.
The NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships will
represent the sixth 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; and the 2007 and 2009
Indoor Track and Field National Championships.