This Saturday (Oct. 21), Converse College will host the 2006 Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC) Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. One hundred seventy-three CVAC runners will compete in the championships which will be held on the Spartanburg campus of Milliken and Company.
The women cross country runners are scheduled to begin competition at 8:15 a.m. and the men will run at 8:45 a.m. Team winners and individual winners will receive automatic berths in the NCAA II Southeast Regional at Wingate University Nov. 4-5.
All 12 CVAC colleges and universities will be represented during Saturday’s championships. The conference roster consists of Anderson University, Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Coker College, Converse, Erskine College, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Mount Olive College, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte and St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
Converse was selected the host site for the championship in June after completing just its first year as a CVAC member. Converse will also host the 2006 CVAC Volleyball Tournament Nov. 2-5. Converse accepted an invitation to join CVAC in April 2005. Its teams compete within the CVAC in women’s soccer, cross-country, volleyball and tennis.
“We are extremely pleased that Converse has been awarded CVAC Conference Championship Tournament responsibilities,” said Dr. Alan Patterson, CVAC commissioner. “I cannot recall any other school entering the conference and so quickly taking on the hosting responsibilities. While all of our schools have the opportunity to offer bids for hosting, it is special that other schools in the conference would hold Converse in such high regard that they would vote them able and ready as being willing to host a conference championship. While it is a great responsibility, it is also one that will allow Converse and the City of Spartanburg to showcase their campus and community to other CVAC student-athletes, administrators and fans.”