2012 MAAC Cross Country Championships to Air on ESPN3
Edison, N.J. - The 2012 MAAC Cross Country Championships, which will be held on Saturday, October 27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World, will be televised on ESPN3.
The MAAC Cross Country Championships Recap Show, featuring start-to-finish coverage of both the men's and women's races along with key interviews with head coaches and student-athletes, can be seen on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on ESPN3.
"Cross country as a sport has always been a tough nut to crack as far as production is considered," said Michael Colangelo, Producer Broadcast & Operations at ESPN Wide World of Sports. "It is much more than a race between point A to point B. The goal for ESPN3 is to capture not only the competition, but to tell the story of the athletes and coaches through pre- and post-race interviews."
"The partnership between ESPN3 and the MAAC at Walt Disney World continues to develop and the broadcast of the 2012 MAAC Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships represents another giant stride in that process," notes Rich Ensor, Commissioner of the MAAC. "I am particularly pleased that the league will be able to showcase the nationally-ranked Iona College men's program (currently ranked eighth), who for over a decade have set a remarkable standard for consistency and NCAA Division I recognition."
"The MAAC is excited to continue our expanding partnership with ESPN3 in broadcasting the 2012 Cross Country Championships," said Joe Quinlan, Director of Athletics at Saint Peter's University and MAAC Men's Cross Country Committee Chair. "This is a unique opportunity for our student-athletes to compete at a high level, with the added benefit of national exposure, at one of the nation's premier sporting venues. This chance to compete on a national stage provides our students with the prospect of facing off against some of the best distance runners in the country and prepare for the NCAA Championships."
"It is really exciting having the MAAC Cross Country Championships live on ESPN3," said Ricardo Santos, head coach of the Iona men's and women's cross country and track programs. "It shows a great commitment by the MAAC and Disney to promote our sport and student-athletes. I am sure that the alumni, fans, and families of the student-athletes that will not be able to attend will appreciate being able to see the championships."