The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is bringing its men’s and women’s cross country championship races to Galloway Township in March.
The MAAC, as part of its approval of schedules for the spring season, announced Wednesday the 2020-21 Cross Country Championships will take place March 5 at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.
The Atlantic City Sports Commission is sponsoring the event. Former Monmouth University cross country and track and field coach Joe Compagni helped make the meet possible and will oversee championships from an operations standpoint.
This will be the second MAAC championship event to come to Atlantic County. The MAAC held the start of the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments last season at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City before the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the event.
“The MAAC looks forward to hosting another first-class event that our student-athletes can be proud of as they seek to qualify for the NCAA Championships,” MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor said in a news release.
The MAAC consists of 11 schools: Monmouth, Rider and Saint Peter’s universities in New Jersey; Siena, Iona College, Niagara University, Manhattan College, Canisius College and Marist College in New York; and Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
The conference also announced Wednesday that men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, water polo, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s lacrosse will start competition on or after March 6. MAAC schools will begin posting their schedules soon, a statement from conference officials said.
Men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, swimming and diving, rowing, water polo and men’s and women’s lacrosse is set to start March 6.
Volleyball will tentatively start March 7, outdoor track and field March 8-9, women’s soccer March 9, men’s soccer March 11 and baseball and softball March 20.
“Many different parties, including administrators, coaches, athletic training personnel, facilities staff, and MAAC staff were involved in bringing these schedules to life in the challenging environment presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ensor said. “Without them, this wouldn’t be possible.
“The conference schedules and championship formats incorporate reductions made necessary by the pandemic, but the MAAC membership is excited to move forward with this opportunity for all of our student-athletes and hope to have a great spring season of competition.”