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Winthrop is hosting the Adidas Invitational at Winthrop Farm on Saturday, September 18, 2021 in Rock Hill, SC.

Jeff Sochko – Tim Cowie Photography

The best college running programs are coming to Rock Hill soon.

The NCAA has announced that Winthrop University, in partnership with marketing group Visit York County, will host the 2024 NCAA Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships. The event traditionally takes place about a week before the championships. nationals, which take place every November – and it brings together the best male and female university programs in the southeast of the country.

“We are proud to be recognized as a premier organization that hosts and competes against some of the biggest names in college athletics,” Winthrop athletic director Chuck Rey said in a statement.

This will be Winthrop’s second time hosting the regional championship. The first time was in 2018, when the event brought together around 600 athletes from more than 40 schools in York County, according to a statement from the event.

The 2018 cross-country regionals had an economic impact of $270,000, Visit York County manager Andy Clinton told the Herald on Tuesday morning. The prestigious event is another notch in the belt of Rock Hill’s thriving sports tourism industry – an industry that has grown since the construction and opening of the Rock Hill Sports and Event Center in 2020.

The race will be held on the Winthrop Farm cross-country course, a 10km course that circles Lake Winthrop near the Rock Hill Coliseum.

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An overview of the Winthrop Farm cross-country course at Rock Hill. Screenshot of Winthrop’s website

This story was originally published July 26, 2022 11:21 a.m.

Alex Zietlow writes about sports and how they intersect with life in York, Chester and Lancaster counties for The Herald, where he has been editor and reporter since August 2019. Zietlow has won nine SC Press awards Association during his career, including The first place ends in feature writing, sports business writing and education beat reports. He also received two Top-10 awards at the 2021 APSE Writing Contest and was nominated for the US Basketball Writers Association’s 2022 Rising Star Award for his coverage of the Winthrop men’s basketball team.

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