by Lubbock Christian Athletics
October 20, 2020
LUBBOCK, Texas (October 20, 2020) – Lubbock Christian University, in partnership with Lubbock Sports, is excited to announce it will host the High School Cross Country National Invite on December 5 at the LCU Cross Country Course.
There will be elite boys and girls high school races at the meet, along with races for both junior high boys and girls on a course that has already hosted 54 junior high/high school meets already this fall.
“We are excited to be able to host this meet for those who are looking to extend their season. Being outside and in a sprawling facility, we know we can make this safe. We have already hosted 54 JH/HS races this fall and are excited to do a few more,” LCU director of cross country and track Nick Cordes said. “With the Texas HS state cross country meet not being until late November, we wanted to provide them, others in our region, and those across the country an opportunity for a high caliber meet for individuals and that also allows all teams in the country to compete.”
LCU’s Cross Country Course is located on campus at the corner of 34th St. and Frankford Ave. What was once an on-campus golf course was converted into a first-class, irrigated cross-country course in 2017. The course features running thoroughfares which are more than 25 feet wide throughout, a permanent finish line and a starting line that is over 295 feet wide.
In addition to the 54 junior high and high school races that Lubbock Christian has hosted this fall, LCU will also be hosting the D2 National Invite in November, which will serve as a postseason invitational for teams who finish near the top of the seven NCAA Division II conferences who are competing this fall.
Lubbock Christian was also just named the host for the 2023 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country South Central Region Championships. These hosting opportunities were made possible by the many improvements made to turn the former golf course into a top-of-the-line cross country course. Lubbock also serves as a great location to host this meet due to the three international airports within two hours, more than 5,500 hotel rooms and traditionally mild winters.
“We have had a lot of interest over the past two weeks, as we floated this idea out to coaches across the country,” Cordes said. “It is our intention to only do this meet this year, as we believe the two major HS cross country national championships will be back next year.”
Please contact [email protected] with any questions about the meet. Entries will be completed on directathletics.com. More info for this meet will be made available on the cross country page at lcuchaps.com within the next 24 hours.