Bloomington Selected to Host NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary
Sept. 22, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee has selected Bloomington, Ind., and Eugene, Ore., to host the 2011 NCAA Division I Track and Field East and West preliminary round sites, respectively. Both sites will host competition May 26-28, 2011.
Indiana University will host preliminary round competition for the second time at the E.C. Billy Hayes Track, as it hosted the Mid-East region in 2005. Hayes Track was also host to the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2009.
"Indiana and Oregon have first-class facilities with outstanding staffs that have proven their championship hosting capabilities," said Todd Patulski, chair of the Division I Track and Field Committee and executive associate director of athletics at Baylor University. "We look forward to working with them to ensure a great atmosphere for the student-athletes."
"This is a tremendous opportunity for Indiana University and the city of Bloomington," said Ron Helmer, director and head coach of Indiana track and field. "To bring nearly 2,000 student-athletes to Bloomington during the summer months, a lot of people are going to get to see what a great college town and atmosphere we have."
E.C. Billy Hayes Track was certified in August 2010 by the IAAF as a Class 2 Athletics Facility. The home venue for IU track and field is one of nine tracks on U.S. soil to receive IAAF certification and one of six on a U.S. college campus. The Hoosiers claim the only IAAF certified venue in the Big Ten. The certification provides that Billy Hayes Track meets all technical requirements for IAAF events and that all measurements are accurate.
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