BCC Athletics donates $1,000
Prairie Trails Golf Course and the City of El Dorado received a $1,000 donation from Butler Community College Athletics Monday afternoon as a thank-you for hosting the 2016 NJCAA Cross Country meet.
“We appreciate everyone’s help and support,” said Bryce Roderick, from NJCAA. “It was a really great example of the whole community being involved.”
Mayor Vince Haines also thanked the college for hosting this meet.
“We were happy to have it out here; we’re happy to host,” he said.
Butler President Dr. Kim Krull offered her thanks to the city.
“Thank you for the work you have done out here,” she told the group gathered for the presentation.
She said other community college presidents have heard from other track coaches and athletic directors about the meet and that it was one of the best meets they have been to.
“It was well run and organized,” Krull sid.
Interim City Manager Scott Rickard said the gift to Prairie Trails will be used for some unique project at the golf course.
The cross country meet brought 37 women’s teams and 40 men’s teams to El Dorado, with a total of 611 runners. Teams traveled as far as 1,500 miles to be at the course.
During the meet, the city’s hotels were full and it was good for the restaurants, said Jen Cook, director of community marketing and the convention and visitors bureau.
There was no damage to the golf course or the newly installed greens.
Cook said this meet is on a five-year rotation for locations, so it could return to El Dorado again.
“We would love to host it again and will bid again to host,” she said.
The city also won the bid to host the 2018 NJCAA Men and Women’s National Outdoor Track and Field Championship, which will be held at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.