COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)/Sports Commission and the University of Missouri will serve as hosts to the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional Championship, as announced by the NCAA on Tuesday morning. The event will mark the first time an NCAA championship of any kind has been held in Columbia.
The Gans Creek Cross Country Course, which will be the site of the regional championship, opened in 2019 in coordination with the City of Columbia and Mizzou Athletics. The state-of-the-art course features a permanent finish line structure, timing tower and an outdoor shelter and indoor building with restrooms. The raised viewing area, along with multiple vantage points along the course to accommodate spectators and media members makes the course spectator-friendly. The course also features a 500-meter long starting chute, 2,000-meter loop and 3,000-meter loop to accommodate multiple race distances.
“We thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the finest championship cross country course in the country next year for the NCAA Regional Championship,” Mizzou Track & Field head coach Brett Halter said. “We are equally thrilled to share the honor with the City of Columbia and all those involved to make our course a reality.”
The additional 2022 NCAA Regional Championship sites announced Tuesday for cross country are as follows:
- Great Lakes- Indiana State University
- Mid-Atlantic- Pennsylvania State University
- Midwest- University of Missouri
- Mountain- University of New Mexico
- Northeast- Columbia University
- South- Florida State University
- South Central- Texas A&M University
- Southeast- University of Louisville
- West- University of Washington
In addition to serving as the 2022 NCAA Midwest Regional and 2025 NCAA National Championship host, the Gans Creek Cross Country Course also serves as host to this season’s SEC Cross Country Championships, as well as multiple MSHSAA championships.
Mizzou Cross Country Head Coach Marc Burns
“We are excited to be hosting the 2022 NCAA Midwest Region Championships at Gans Creek. It is great to see that the NCAA values the work that was put into our course. This is a wonderful collaboration between the city of Columbia and the University of Missouri. Thanks to all involved and we look forward to showcasing this great course to our fellow members of the Midwest Region.”
Mizzou Track & Field Head Coach Brett Halter
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the finest championship cross country course in the country next year for the NCAA Regional Championship. We are equally thrilled to share the honor with the City of Columbia and all those involved to make our course a reality.”