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 17.
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 races. A complete list of runners qualifying for the Championship Meet is now available.
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 Cole.
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.