USATF tabs Bryan-College Station, Watts Cross Country Course as the 2022 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship host site.
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Destination Bryan & Compete College Station are thrilled to announce that College Station has been selected as the host site for the 2022 National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. The Dale Watts ’71 Cross Country Course will serve as the host site of the event on December 10, 2022.
“The opportunity to partner and showcase the Watts Cross Country course and our community with USATF nationally is something we’ve been looking forward to for many years. Bringing in thousands of visitors in the month of December will provide an economic spark for our community. We hope that these athletes and their families will enjoy College Station on and off the track for a few days,” says Dominique Powell with Compete College Station.
Destination Bryan worked closely with Texas A&M University and Compete College Station to help secure this event in our community. All three entities, as well as many others, will continue to work together during the planning and hosting stages of the event.
“On behalf of Bryan, we’re extremely honored to be able to host the 2022 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championships,” says John Friebele, Executive Director of Destination Bryan. “The strong partnership between Bryan, College Station, and Texas A&M University has provided this opportunity to host this event in our community. This partnership will make for a legendary experience that can be found nowhere else in the country. We look forward to welcoming athletes, families, and spectators in December 2022 and showcasing the hospitality our area has become known for throughout the years.”
This event is expected to bring 2500 athletes & around $1.8 million to Bryan-College Station next December.
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit http://www.usatf.org.
About Watts Cross Country Course
Opened in the fall of 2014, the Dale Watts ’71 Cross Country Course is located within the Hildebrand Equine Complex at 3242 F and B Road off the corner intersection of 2818. Since its opening, the course has hosted multiple championship meets including the NCAA South Central Region Championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018. It has also hosted the Southeastern Conference Championships in 2015 and 2017. The course features a wide starting area in the first 1,000m to allow for ample racing room in championship-level events, while the courses versatility enables races in range from 2,000m to 10,000m distances.
About Compete College Station
Compete College Station is the sports tourism arm of the City of College Station, and its efforts are focused on enhancing the community’s economic and social growth by marketing, developing and co-managing sporting events in the College Station region. For more information on Compete College Station, visit compete.cstx.gov.
About Destination Bryan As the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Bryan, TX, Destination Bryan is responsible for introducing visitors to all of the great things that make Bryan legendary. Destination Bryan is also responsible for organizing festivals and events in our community throughout the year. For more information visit http://www.destinationbryan.com.