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Missouri State Awarded 2012 NCAA Cross Country Regional



INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Competition Cabinet has voted to approve Missouri State University's bid to serve as the host institution for the 2012 NCAA Division I Midwest Region Cross Country Championship.

The event will be held November 10, 2012 at the Missouri State Cross Country Course, located just east of U.S. 65 at Division in Springfield.

"We feel we have one of the top facilities nationally and this is further confirmation of that," head coach Greg Hipp said.

Missouri State also hosted the Division I Midwest Regional in 2009, a meet that featured eventual NCAA individual champion Angela Bizzari of Illinois.

As one of nine NCAA Division I regional sites, Springfield will host programs from nine states and 10 conferences, as well as independents.  The NCAA Regional meets also serve as the first round of the NCAA National Championships with the top two teams and top four individuals not on an advancing team moving on to nationals. Additional teams and individuals are chosen through an at-large process following the regional competition.

"It is an honor to host an NCAA Regional event," Director of Athletics Kyle Moats said, "The economic impact for the city of Springfield is significant, and the University is proud to bring events like this to our community."

The 2012 NCAA Championship will take place in Springfield on November 10, 2012.

"Missouri State has a great tradition of success at the regional championship," Hipp said, "The opportunity to compete on our home course is a great advantage for our runners as they compete for national championship qualification."

Missouri State has served as an NCAA Division I regional host four previous times with meets in Springfield in 1984, 1990, 1994 and 2009. The Bears also hosted the 1974 and 1976 NCAA Division II national championships.



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