2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships

2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships

NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College senior Emily Gustavson and junior Raevyn Fontaine will represent the women's track & field team at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship held in Geneva, Ohio May 25-27. 

Gustavson qualified with a new personal best in the 400m (56.32) at the MIT Last Chance meet, which moved her to 20th on the NCAA list. Gustavson will also compete in the 200m after ending the year ranked ninth in all of DIII in the event. 

Fontaine joins Gustavson after finishing second in the 100m hurdles with a new personal best (14.47), which moved her to 13th on the NCAA list. 

The University of Mount Union, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and the SPIRE Institute will host the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

The event will be held May 25-27, 2017 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio -- 67 miles North of Mount Union's campus in Alliance and 46 miles Northeast of Cleveland, Ohio.

"Mount Union is thrilled to partner with both the SPIRE Institute and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to bring a championship event to Northeast Ohio," commented Larry Kehres, director of athletics.  "We have a proud and rich history in track and field and this event only enhances that."

Part of the non-profit Geneva Area Recreation, Education and Athletic Trust (GaREAT), SPIRE Institute first opened its doors in 2009 and in 2010 a 10,000-seat stadium and outdoor track & field complex was opened.  The complex also includes a 215,000 square foot indoor building with turf fields and sport courts, a 240,000 square foot indoor track & field building and a 295,000 square foot aquatics center along with fitness center and banquet facilities.

The complex was founded by 1980 Mount Union alum Ron Clutter - Read story about Clutter and the complex that appeared in the Mount Union Magazine.

"SPIRE Institute is very excited to be partnered with the University of Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission in hosting the 2017 NCAA Division III Men and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships," commented Clutter.  "This was a great team that put together an outstading bid and we are looking forward to providing a stellar championship event at SPIRE Institute with our partners."

"As an alum, I am proud of everything the University of Mount Union has and continues to do," stated Clutter.  "This is extra special for me and my family to have formed this partnership with my Alma Mater." 

The complex has hosted a number of events including:

  • Big East Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  • Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships
  • NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships
  • Mid-American Conference Volleyball Championships
  • Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships

The outdoor track and field complex includes:

  • 8-lane, 400-meter Beynon track with 2 full 150-meter straight-aways
  • 4 long jump pits, massive high jump apron, 4 pole vault boxes
  • throws stadium
  • Lighted field
  • Broadcast standard sound system, lighting and cabling
  • Pro style home and away locker rooms
  • Spectator capacity over 10,000, including 5,000 bleacher seats
  • 1,200 captain's chairs
  • press boxes, coaches boxes, luxury suites

For information about the Spire Institute go to www.spireintitute.org

"We are once again thrilled that the NCAA has recognized Cleveland as an outstanding host for its championship events," said David Gilbert, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission President and CEO. "These events will bring tens of millions of dollars of economic activity to Cleveland over the coming years. Just as importantly, these events allow Cleveland to impress thousands and thousands of people from all over the country. We believe that the domino effect of exposing these sports fan to Cleveland will be felt long into the future."

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission prides itself on being one of the most distinguished Sports Commissions in the country, effectively leveraging sports events and activities to further economic development in Northeast Ohio. The philosophy of the Sports Commission sets it apart from others by operating as an economic and community development organization utilizing sports as a vehicle to forward other community agendas. The organization takes the unique approach of becoming a management and financial partner in each event with the goal of producing events that are more successful in Cleveland than other cities in which they have been held. Since 2000, the Sports Commission has been responsible for attracting over 135 sporting events, contributing to more than $395 million in economic activity. For more information, visit www.clevelandsports.org.

*courtesy of the University of Mount Union