LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Cross Country earned the MAAC Cross Country Championship bid for 2018. The Saints are just the fourth team to host the tournament since the bid process began in 2014.
“Being selected to host the MAAC Cross Country Championships, is a great testament to Coach Kenworthy and everyone on staff who has worked diligently to make this happen” said Associate Athletic Director of Finance Dennis Bates. “This is very exciting for the program, college, as well as the surrounding community, and we are looking forward to working with all constituents in order to plan and execute a successful championship.”
The Cross Country Championship will take place at The Crossings of Colonie. Siena has used the course as a meet in 2017, and will host a home invitational to start the 2018 season for teams to preview the course. More information on the home invitational to follow.
"I'm so excited to bring the MAAC XC Championships to Loudonville for the first time,” said Head Coach John Kenworthy. “The Crossings serves as a great venue right in our home neighborhood. Our Siena athletes will have the chance to train at the course all fall, and it certainly gives us a great advantage come Race Day. Having the Championship at home was the product of lots of work from many people in our department, it was a true team effort. I can't wait to have championship cross country in front of our home fans and community."
The MAAC began the bid process in 2014 when Monmouth hosted the championship. The Hawks also hosted this past season's championship. Rider was the host in 2015, while the MAAC hosted down in Disney in 2016. In 2010, the championship was hosted at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut and was put up as a bid when the NCAA Regionals were being held at the same course.
Since Siena joined the MAAC in 1989, the Cross Country MAAC Championship had been at Van Cortlandt Park in Riverdale, New York. In 2000, the MAAC started taking teams down to Disney for Championships every four years.
The women’s 6k course will be comprised of the start straight, two long loops (around 3km in length) and the finish straight. The men’s 8K course consists of the start straight, one short loop (about 2k in length), two longs loops and the finish straight. The Crossings of Colonie and the town of colonie has plenty to offer for teams and fans that make their way to the Capital Region. With hotels, dining, shops and Colonie just a short distance from Albany there is plenty to do and explore when traveling for the Championship.