BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--Indiana Universitys E.C. Billy Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Track and Field Championships on May 27-28, the NCAA announced recently.
The NCAA Mideast Regionals, which have only been in effect for two years, come to Bloomington after being held at LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in 2004 and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003. Only two of the four regional sites have been selected for the 2005 season. In addition to IU, the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., recently earned the bid to host the West Regionals. Selection of the other two regional sites is pending.
The regional format is set up so the top five individuals and top three relay teams in regional competition will automatically qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Athletes can qualify for regional competition by obtaining marks that are above the standard, but can also qualify by winning their conference championship in either an individual or relay event. The 10,000-meter run and the decathlon are the only two events that qualifying is based on competition outside the regional championships.
The Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at E.C. Billy Hayes Track is regarded as one of the countrys finest outdoor facilities. In the spring of 2004, new lights were installed at the facility, in addition to 3,000 temporary seats. This puts the overall seating capacity at 6,200.
IU has hosted several outdoor track and field championships, including the 1997 NCAA Championships, the 2001 Big Ten Championships and the 2004 Indiana High School Athletic Association Championships.
Director of Indiana track and field Randy Heisler, was very pleased to hear that IU will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals.
This is great for the program, Heisler said. We are excited to host such a big meet and it will certainly be a good opportunity for our athletes at that level to compete on their home track.
IU Athletics Director Terry Clapacs echoed Heislers statements.
"It is a tremendous honor and privilege for Indiana University to host this meet," Clapacs said. "Not only is it a great opportunity for our fans to see some of the country's top track and field athletes compete, but it is also an opportunity to showcase our track and field complex, beautiful campus and all that the Bloomington community has to offer. We could not be more excited about this event."