RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference’s governing bodies finalized the championship sites for 2019-20 championship events, the league office announced Wednesday.
The fall championship season opens, Oct. 26 with the Men’s and Women’s cross-country meet. Ouachita will serve as host for the first time in program history. The men’s and women’s soccer championships take place over the course of four days, Thursday, Nov. 14 through Nov. 17, with four-team tournaments hosted by the league’s regular-season champions. GAC men’s soccer will feature an expanded roster of competing schools in 2019, as Fort Hays State, Newman, Northeastern State, and Rogers State joined the league as affiliate members.
Basketball returns to the Bruin Fieldhouse in Bartlesville, Oklahoma for a ninth consecutive season. The top eight men’s and women’s teams will vie for conference superiority from Thursday, March 5, until Sunday, March 8.
“We are excited to return to Bartlesville for one more year,” GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt said. “There are some exciting possibilities for future basketball tournaments, but the Bartlesville Sports Committee once again emerged as our best option. They always provide a high-quality student-athlete experience, and we look forward to returning to the Fieldhouse in March.”
Harding University opens the spring championship cycle by hosting the track and field championships from Thursday, April 16, through Saturday the 18th. First Security Stadium previously served as the championship destination in 2017.
The GAC men’s and women’s golf championships, set for April 19-21, move to Oklahoma for the first time. The men contest their championship at The Territory Golf and Country Club in Duncan, while the women will tee it up at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.
“There are many championship-level golf venues across our footprint, and we’re pleased to showcase two quality locations like the Territory and Duncan Golf Club,” Prewitt stated. “Hot Springs Country Club has been a remarkable host for GAC golf, and we look forward to returning in future years, but it’s exciting to see the tournament spread across the league’s footprint.”
The following two events in the championship calendar take place in perennial GAC championship host Bentonville, Arkansas. Women’s tennis returns to Memorial Park on April 23-25, while softball takes place April 30-May 2 at the Tiger Athletic Complex. This season’s GAC tennis championship will only feature women’s teams as the league’s five men’s tennis programs move into an affiliate relationship with the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Softball will retain the eight-team, single-elimination format it debuted at the 2019 event.
The 2019-20 championship season wraps up in Enid, Oklahoma’s David Allen Ballpark, with the baseball tournament taking place from May 2-5.