Cross-country team to host NCAA regional

The UNG cross-country program will host the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Nov. 17 on UNG’s Gainesville Campus, marking the first NCAA event in Hall County and the first NCAA event secured by bid for UNG. It has previously hosted 19 events at the Dahlonega Campus based on seeding.

“North Georgia is honored to receive the hosting bid, as it allows us to showcase our Gainesville Campus and the collaborative effort that our team will put forward to give the student-athletes the best possible championship experience,” Lindsay Reeves, UNG director of athletics, said.

The men will run five loops of the 2,000-meter course for the NCAA event, while the women’s race will be three loops making up a 6K.

Tom Williams, head coach of UNG’s cross-country team, said the course will be challenging, as it offers a number of elements to break up a runner’s rhythm. Williams also said he made some changes to the course last year to make it more spectator-friendly and visible to fans.