ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League announced the dates, sites and hosts for all 19 of its sport championships for 2016-17 season today.
Headlining the schedule is The Summit League Basketball Championships, which will be hosted by the Sioux Falls Sports Authority. After record-breaking attendance in 2016, the championships return to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The 2017 championships will be the eighth consecutive in Sioux Falls, extending its league host city record.
Western Illinois kicks off the championships slate by hosting cross country Oct. 29, followed by women's soccer in Fargo for the first time on Nov. 3 and 5. On Nov. 10 and 12, Denver hosts the men's soccer championship for the third consecutive season and welcomes the volleyball championship a week later (Nov. 18-20) for the second straight year.
The swimming and diving championships return to Indianapolis for the fourth consecutive year, while IUPUI hosts the tennis championships for just the first time since 2005 and second overall. South Dakota State welcomes the indoor track & field championships for the first time at its new facility, the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.
For the second straight season, Nebraska City, Neb., (women) and Newton, Kan., (men) will host the golf championships, while North Dakota State welcomes the outdoor track & field championships for the third time in the last six years.
The softball championship returns to Fargo for the fourth consecutive season and Oral Roberts welcomes back the baseball tournament for the second straight year and 14th all-time.
|2016-17 Summit League Championships Calendar|
|Sport||Date(s)||Site / Host||Qualifying Teams|
|Cross Country (M/W)||Oct. 29, 2016||Macomb, Ill. / Western Illinois
|Women's Soccer||Nov. 3/5, 2016||Fargo, N.D. / North Dakota State
||Top four teams|
|Men's Soccer||Nov. 10/12, 2016||Denver, Colo. / Denver||Top four teams|
|Volleyball||Nov. 18-20, 2016||Denver, Colo. / Denver||Top six teams|
|Swimming & Diving (M/W)||Feb. 15-18, 2017||Indianapolis, Ind. / IUPUI||All teams|
|Indoor Track & Field (M/W)||Feb. 24-25, 2017||Brookings, S.D. / South Dakota State
|Basketball (M/W)||March 4-7, 2017||Sioux Falls, S.D. / Sioux Falls Sports Authority||Top eight teams|
|Women's Golf||April 23-25, 2017||Nebraska City, Neb. / The Summit League||All teams|
|Tennis (M/W)||April 28-29, 2017||Indianapolis, Ind. / IUPUI
||Top four teams|
|Men's Golf||April 30-May 2, 2017||Newton, Kan. / The Summit League||All teams|
|Softball||May 10-13, 2017||Fargo, N.D. / North Dakota State||Top six teams|
|Outdoor Track & Field (M/W)||May 11-13, 2017||Fargo, N.D. / North Dakota State
|Baseball||May 24-27, 2017||Tulsa, Okla. / Oral Roberts||Top four teams|
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 75 Academic All-Americans, 65 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. In 2014-15, The Summit League ranked first for NCAA Graduation Success Rate in women's basketball and second in baseball. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit the newly re-designed www.thesummitleague.org website, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.