CMS lands top college track meet

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has been awarded the right to host the 2011 California-Nevada Collegiate Track and Field Championships in the spring.

The prestigious meet for four-year colleges and universities in the two states has a history dating back to 1994. The meet, which will be held March 26-27, has been hosted by UCLA the past two years.

CMS will be the first Division III host for the championship in its 18-year history. The championship is the only meet held in either state which offers scored competition between all three NCAA Divisions as well as NAIA schools.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase our school and our facility,” said former coach John Goldhammer, who was instrumental in bringing the meet to Claremont. “There hasn’t been a lot of confidence in Division III schools when it comes to hosting this type of event so we’re honored to be given the chance.”

The bidding process came down to CMS and Division II power UC San Diego with CMS winning a vote of member coaches by a wide margin.

“We have bid for it before,” Goldhammer said. “Maybe we just wore them down and they gave in. But we’re looking forward to putting on a nice event.”

The will not be more representation from the local schools just because it will be held near by though. To make the field athletes must be ranked in the top 27 in the field events or top 36 for track event.

The 2010 team champions were UCLA for the men and Cal State Northridge for the women.