California State University, Stanislaus will host the 2011 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship, University President Dr. Hamid Shirvani said this week.
The Championship will be held May 26 to 28, 2011, at the Al Brenda Track Facility on the Turlock campus.
The three-day event is expected to attract more than 1,000 student-athletes from across the nation. CBS will broadcast segments from all the NCAA Division II championships.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the University’s great athletic facilities and the region’s treasures,” said President Shirvani, who serves on the NCAA DII President’s Commission. “I’m grateful to the delegation that traveled all the way to Indiana to make this possible.”
Turlock City Councilwoman Amy Bublak, an All American Track and Field athlete and CSU Stanislaus Hall of Famer, led the delegation to Indiana in October to bid for the honor of hosting the Championship. CSU Stanislaus Director of Athletics Dr. Milton Richards and Turlock Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Desa Basulto rounded out the team.
Turlock was selected to host the Championships because of its outstanding new facility, new hotels, restaurants, businesses and campus commitment to Athletics, according to Kim Duyst, CSU Stanislaus Associate Athletics Director and Chair of the NCAA DII Track and Field Committee.
This event will generate an estimated $500,000 in revenue for the City of Turlock and surrounding area,” said Amy Bublak. “People don’t realize how big this is, 600 hotel rooms will be filled.”
The economics of the event are great although CSU Stanislaus men’s & women’s cross country Head Coach Diljeet Dosanjh and men’s & women’s track & field Head Coach Geoff Bradshaw were looking at it from a coach and athlete’s point of view.
“It’s a big deal,” said Coach Diljeet Dosanjh. “There’s no bigger event for Division II Collegiate Athletics.”
Coach Dosanjh pointed out that CSU Stanislaus Athletics usually has about eight to ten qualifiers every year.
“I’ve been there as an athlete, I’ve been there as a coach, and now we’re kind of helping put on the show,” said Coach Geoff Bradshaw who is a national champion.
Coach Bradshaw thinks CSU Stanislaus has some ideas to improve on the championship and is excited to expose CSU Stanislaus to the nation while he believes the Warriors have some viable championship contenders during the event hosting.
Both coaches acknowledged the support of the CSU Stanislaus’ administration and the Warriors Athletic Department.
Additional information about the Championships will be announced closer to the event.