Joplin, Mo. — The NCAA has announced that Missouri Southern State University and the Joplin Sports Authority have been selected to host the 2015 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships.Trophy_Host_Rht300

This is the fourth time MSSU has hosted the Championship. The Lions have hosted at the MSSU Cross Country Course three other times previously, once in 1999, and again in 2007 and 2012.

“This recognition by the NCAA again shows the National Office and the Committee’s confidence in our staff and our course here at Missouri Southern,” said MSSU Director of Athletics Jared Bruggeman. “To have hosted a national championship what will be three times in the past ten years speaks volumes about our staff, the city of Joplin and the student-athletes that come out each year and volunteer their services to help host what I think is one of the best championship experiences anyone in any sport can have.”

Joplin Sports Authority Director Craig Hull echoed Bruggeman’s enthusiasm.

“Missouri Southern’s tradition of producing a first-class championship event and having a challenging cross country course were the strengths behind the bid to host this championship,” Hull said. “The Joplin Sports Authority is confident Missouri Southern will once again be a top-teir location to host this event.”