Madison- The Wisconsin Cross Country program is getting one of the biggest prizes in college running. Tuesday, the Badgers were awarded the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships. UW's Thomas Zimmer Championship course is considered one of the best venues in the nation, and it will be put on the national stage on November 17th.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to bring the national championship to Madison,” UW Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mick Byrne said. “When we built this course, we dreamed about hosting the NCAA meet and now that dream has come true. This is an exciting day for not only the university, but for the city of Madison, all Badger fans and the running community in the Midwest.”
The Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, located on the west side of Madison adjacent to University Ridge Golf Course, has seen its share of high-caliber races since it opened in the fall of 2009. UW has hosted the last five NCAA Great Lakes Regionals, the 2010 Big Ten Cross Country Championship and the annual Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Amour, the premier regular-season meet in the nation.