Local Media Catches the Cross Country Championship Fever
11/11/2011 4:10:30 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College isn’t the only organization feeling the excitement about the upcoming NJCAA National Cross Country Championship Meet on Saturday, November 12, at Ocotillo Park Golf Course. Pre-event coverage by the Hobbs News-Sun and ESPNSouthWest (KHOB 1390-AM and ESPNSouthWest.com) has generated plenty of news stories, photo galleries, interviews—and interest—for the historic event.
Thanks to the efforts of Beth Hahn, senior reporter for the Hobbs News-Sun, ten articles about the upcoming Championship Meet have been published to date. Hahn has waded through a multitude of facts and figures and information surrounding the event and interviewed dozens of people over the past several months. Topics have included the history of NMJC’s winning bid, former coaches who are returning with competing teams, the logistics of turning a golf course into a cross country course, the region’s history and culture of running, providing lodging for the event, benefits to the city and area, an overall preview of race day, and even some runners to watch. Hahn’s articles can be found at hobbsnews.com.
Radio and online media are represented by ESPNSouthWest, which covers southeastern New Mexico and West Texas and carries full-time programming and live national play-by-play from ESPN Radio, including NBA, MLB, NCAA Football, the NFL, NCAA Championship Basketball, Game Day Live, and BCS Bowl games, and is the local affiliate for the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
For the last several months, Michael Abella and Tony Baker of ESPNSouthWest have been bringing on-air updates and creating online articles, interviews, and photo galleries about some of the top teams and runners who will be attending. With 72 colleges from across the nation participating and approximately 750 runners expected, anticipation is running high. To check out Abella’s and Baker’s pre-event coverage, go to ESPNSouthWest.com.