Not many people get to visit Stillwater for cross-country business, but in 2020, that will change.
Oklahoma State announced Tuesday it will host the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships and the 2019 Midwest Regional.
“It's a real honor for our program and our university to host the NCAA and to get the chance to show off Stillwater and what we think is great about it,” OSU cross-country coach Dave Smith said in a press release. “Our cross-country course is one of the more historic cross-country courses in the NCAA, and I think it's great for our student athletes to get the opportunity to run for something important in front of a home crowd.”
The last time a championship event was run on the OSU Cross Country Course was in 2015 when the Cowboys hosted the Big 12 Championship. OSU has not hosted an NCAA-championship since the 2008 Midwest Regional.
“I think we've always done a pretty good job,” Smith said. “We take a lot of pride in hosting and presenting the best opportunity for all of the coaches, athletes and fans who want to watch.”
Despite past hosting duties, 2020 will be the first time OSU holds an NCAA Championship on its home course.
Smith said he thinks the fact OSU is hosting NCAA-sanctioned events will boost Cowboy Jamboree participation for the next few years.
"Historically, we've been a very good cross country team, and we've put a lot of resources into building a great program,” Smith said. “We have a course that I think it one of the best on-campus courses in the country, so it was kind of a natural progression of where we wanted to go.
“Getting awarded a championship is a further stamp of recognition by the NCAA of the kind of level we've risen to."