Saturday, November 12 • 12 p.m. • NIU North 40 Course • DeKalb, Ill.
About the Regional
Northern Illinois University is excited to serve as the host of the 2011 NCAA® Midwest Regional. We welcome you to our campus and we hope that you will enjoy your time in DeKalb.
As one of nine regional championships held nationally at the Division I level, NIU is proud to host the Midwest's 33 Division I cross country participating schools from the states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
The Midwest Region includes schools from 10 conferences, including the Atlantic 10, Big 12, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Conference USA, Great West, Horizon League, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, and Summit League.
In addition to the Midwest Region Championship determining the top regional teams, the event also serves as the first round of the NCAA Championships, as the top two teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team automatically advance to the national championship. Additional teams and individuals are chosen through an at-large process following the regional competition.
Schedule of Events
Friday, November 11
8:00 a.m. - Course Opens for Participant Inspection and Practice
Sunset - Course Closes for Participant Inspection and Practice
Saturday, November 12
9:00 a.m. - Facility Open for Teams and Spectators
11:30 a.m. - National Anthem
12:00 p.m. - Men's Championship Race
1:15 p.m. - Women's Championship Race
2:15 p.m. - Championship Recognition Ceremony
Fans wishing to attend the 2011 Midwest Regional can find all the information they need in the spectator guide. In the guide, fans can get information about driving directions to the NIU North 40, parking maps, local accomodations, dining and transportation.
Fans can also win great prizes by entering in the NCAA Midwest Regional Social Media Contest. All you have to do is click "Attending" on the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional Facebook page. On Twitter, use #NIURegional when you tweet about your favorite team, encouraging your followers to attend or anything else related to the event. Each Thursday leading up to the event one Twitter user and one Facebook user will be selected to win free admission, free VIP parking and NCAA Championship apparel. Entrants may tweet multiple times to help their chances and Facebook users can increase their odds of winning by sharing the event page and inviting their Facebook friends to attend. Prize winners will be contacted through their Twitter and Facebook accounts.
For more information on DeKalb and the surrounding area, please visit the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau Website.
Coaches and administrators of schools participating in the 2011 Midwest Regional are encouraged to read the Participant Manual before arriving in DeKalb. The manual explains the general policies and procedures set forth by the NCAA for the meet, while also including information for teams concerning accomodations, the NIU North 40 course and travel.
All entries for the meet must be made through Direct Athletics website by Thursday, November 3 at 4 p.m. CST.
Members of the media wishing to cover the 2011 Midwest Regional should contact Michael Benson of Huskie Media Relations by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for requesting credentials is November 4. A media workroom will also be available at the meet inside Barsema Hall. School-affiliated media contacts traveling to the meet will not need to request credentials in advance and will be available for pick up at the coaches' meeting.
For more information concerning media coverage, please consult the Media Information Guide.
The NIU North 40
The NIU North 40, home to the Northern Illinois Huskies' cross country team, is a challenging course that features an all grass layout on rolling terrain. The 6K and 10K courses both feature multiple loops and a 10-meter minimum width for the entire course.
When using a GPS device, please enter "Intersection of Lucinda Ave and Garden Way, DeKalb Illinois" for the most accurate directions.
For more information on the 2011 Midwest Regional, please visit the following websites
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