Traverse City Record-Eagle

Sports

October 24, 2013

Resort to host 4 cross country regionals

TRAVERSE CITY — When Traverse City Central athletic director Cody Inglis applied to host four cross country regionals here, he had one site in mind that could handle the volume.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

“When we approached Resort officials they were fired up about it,” Inglis said.

On Saturday, Central and the Resort will partner in welcoming 122 teams and about 850 runners in what will be a first in northern Michigan — a day-long cross country regional event that brings together all four divisions.

Benzie Central previously hosted regionals for Divisions II, III and IV, but this will be the first time a Division I regional has been held in the north.

“We jumped at the chance when the MHSAA said to us, ‘Hey, we would like to give you the opportunity if you want because you’ve always had to travel for regionals,’” Inglis said.

Most of the course will be on Spruce Run, one of three golf courses at the Resort. The start and finish lines are off Lautner Road.

Paul Galligan, director of golf courses and ground maintenance at the Resort, started laying out the initial course a year ago. Galligan has a son who ran cross country at Elk Rapids and Kalamazoo College — and he’s observed races on golf courses — so he had an idea what was needed.

Galligan said once the event was secured, he met with Inglis and took him on a tour of his proposed layout.

“I said, ‘This is what we can provide. Will it work?’” Galligan recalled.

“I still remember that cold golf cart ride last November,” Inglis said. “Paul had a tentative course, what he was thinking. Since then, Paul has worked closely with John (Central boys coach John Lober) and Lisa (girls coach Lisa Taylor) in tightening up that course, changing some things, using some natural barriers. It’s a beautiful course.

Text Only

Auto Racing News
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy