NEW SUMMERFIELD —
New Summerfield head cross country coach Kent Willis, whom Weiss gave credit for doing much of the leg work in coordinating and promoting the event with the RRAC, explained why New Summerfield's cross country facility is an ideal choice for colleges to use.
“One thing that people like about our course is that it is a dedicated course,” Willis said. “People know what our course is like and they like the way it looks and they like to run across the rolling hills of East Texas. We've built the course to where runners go diagonal across the hills and not straight up them, so not only does the course look nice, but it is not hard for runners to navigate.”
Willis said that the meet's benefits to the New Summerfield students was another positive factor in hosting the championships.
“It's like we told everyone at the banquet (Thursday) night,” Willis said. “Even though New Summerfield is a small town, we are big on education and athletics. We want to expose as many of our kids as possible to colleges and the easiest way to do that is to bring the colleges to them and by hosting these championships it gave us an opportunity to do that.”
Willis added that the New Summerfield board of trustees deserve all of the credit for having the vision and providing the financial means to construct the New Summerfield Athletic Complex, which includes the cross country configuration, an eight-lane all-weather track, stadium seating for fans and participants as well as a press box, concession stand, restrooms and paved parking — all the key ingredients needed for staging a cross country event.