2009 NCAA Mountain Region Cross Country Championships Central
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/20/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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Welcome to Albuquerque and the beautiful campus of the University of New Mexico! Please take a moment and review this visitor's guide. We hope you and your team will find this information helpful in planning your trip to Albuquerque to compete.

Our goal is to provide a great environment for your student-athletes, coaches and fans. If you have any questions or issues before or during your stay, please contact our event manager, Mike Haggerty at (505) 249-6119 or haggerty@unm.edu.

Good luck to you and enjoy your competition at the University of New Mexico.

Paul Krebs,
Vice President, Athletics

Race schedule (all times Mountain)
Friday, November 13, 2009
The race course will be open for team inspection beginning at 8 a.m. Course will be available all day.

Saturday, November 14, 2009
10:30 a.m. - National Anthem
10:35 a.m. - Men Called to Start
10:45 a.m. - Men's 10,000 Meter Race Begins
11:50 a.m. - Women Called to Start
12 p.m. - Women's 6,000 Meter Race Begins

Coach's Meeting
Date: Friday, November 13, 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Place: End Zone Club (formerly President's Pavilion), located on the south end of University Stadium (UNM's football Stadium) see map on page 13.

Drinks provided

*There will be a women's basketball game starting at 7 p.m., in the same area, traffic will not be a problem after 7:15.

Entry Forms
The entry form for the championships can only be submitted online (through Direct Athletics) and can be accessed via the following website (the entry forms WILL NOT be sent to your institution):

Direct Athletics website
Direct Athletics Instructions in PDF Format

Coaches will be allowed to submit a maximum of 15 student-athletes on the entry form. Only the 15 student-athletes listed on the entry form may compete in the regional and/or national championships meets. Coaches will not be able to change the 15 student-athletes on the entry form should the team qualify for the national championships meet. Coaches must submit the forms ONLINE by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Thursday November 5. Institutions submitting late entries are subject to a fine. Each institution should print a copy of its entry forms to hand carry to the regional and national sites.

Coaches must declare during packet pickup up to eight of the 15 student-athletes submitted on their original entry form (seven competitors and one substitute). The runners declared for the national championships meets may be different than those that competed at the regional meet, but all must have appeared on the original entry form submitted by the November 5 deadline. If an institution declares eight student-athletes (i.e. takes an eighth set of chips and an eighth bib), those chips and bib must be returned to meet management no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. Hosts will give specific instructions during the coaches meeting as to where to deliver the extra chip and bib.

NCAA Protest Protocol
A protest period will last for 30 minutes after the official results have been posted. If at any point during the protest period, a coach may request a meeting of the jury of appeals. Coaches need to request this meeting through Mike Haggerty, Tournament Director or the race referee. Once the 30 minute period has passed no requests will be accepted.

There will be a recognition ceremony following the event, but Official NCAA awards will not be presented. USTFCCCA will present awards following the races.

Merchandise and Programs
Official NCAA merchandise and programs will be available on site

We will be using RunnerCard for our timing and scoring. The operator on site will be Doug Padilla

Facility Information
University of New Mexico runners have the luxury of competing in one of the top cross country environments in the nation. Located 5,085 feet above sea level in the heart of Lobo country, the UNM North Golf Course has been the home of Lobo cross country since the 2000 season.

Over past nine years Albuquerque has been re-established as one of the premier cross country running locations in America. Blessed with excellent weather throughout much of the fall, the Duke City has been the site of two Mountain West Conference Cross Country Championships, the 2002 and 2006 NCAA Mountain Region Championships as well as one the biggest cross country meet in the nation each year, the annual Lobo Invitational.

Each year thousands of vocal and knowledgeable New Mexico distance running enthusiasts pack the North Golf Course to see their Lobos compete against some of the finest teams in the region and the country. The spectator-friendly course winds its way over gentle grassy slopes, around majestic trees and through the cheering crowd several times, giving athletes a tremendous boost. And with its ideal location, less than a mile from the main campus, many UNM runners can simply jog home after competition.

In 2007, the UNM North Course began to provide another benefit to Lobo cross country runners. Head coach Joe Franklin has secured the course for weekly team training sessions, giving New Mexico athletes exclusive access to the pristine training location.

Built in 1942, the nine-hole UNM North Golf Course is a picturesque urban oasis that has been called "Albuquerque's Central Park."

Directions to the University of New Mexico North Golf Course
(the golf course is located near the corner of Yale Blvd. and Tucker Rd. on the UNM North Campus)

(from I-25): Take Lomas exit and head east on Lomas Blvd., towards the mountains. Turn left on Yale Blvd. and continue north before turning right on Tucker Rd. The golf course club-house and parking lot will be on the left.

(from I-40): Exit I-25 south then take Lomas exit and head east, towards the mountains, on Lomas Blvd. Turn left on Yale Blvd. and continue north before turning right on Tucker Rd. The golf course clubhouse and parking lot will be on the left.

Course/Facility Maps in PDF Format

Media and Championships Websites
NCAA website

USTFCCCA website

SID/Media Information
Please contact UNM Media Relations Assistant Director Alfredo Moreno with any specific SID and/or media information.

Alfredo Moreno
Office: 505-925-5524
Email: avmoreno@unm.edu

Locker Facilities
There are no locker room facilities located at the course. There will be temporary rest room facilities available.

Athletic Training Information
There will be an athletic training tent available on site. Please contact the UNM trainers listed below with any specific needs.

Athletic Training Contact Information
Melissa Ochs
Office: 505-925-5540
email: mrochs8@unm.edu

Ashley Anderson
Office: 505-925-5540
email: aander09@unm.edu

An ambulance will be on site to handle any emergency issues.