The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 15, 2014

Ashford to host two fall championships

CLINTON — The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) announced Wednesday that Ashford University will be the site for the 2014 A.I.I. Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Cross Country Championships.

The men’s and women’s cross country titles will be up for grabs at South Campus on Nov. 7-8 with the top teams from each side earning an automatic bid to the 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Cross Country National Championships.

One week later (Nov. 14-15) South Campus will be the site for the four-team men’s and women’s soccer championships with the winners recieving the A.I.I.’s automatic bids to the 2014 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships. Both Ashford teams will receive automatic bids to the conference tournaments with the remaining qualifiers to be announced on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.

“We’re honored that the A.I.I. Conference selection committee has chosen Ashford to host the soccer and cross country championships,” Ashford University Director of Athletics Meg Schebler said. “Our facilities at Ashford provide outstanding venues for these championship events and our staff has worked diligently in the past to host events of the highest quality. We are excited not just for Ashford, but for the entire Clinton community.”

It marks the first time that Clinton will play host to both events. Georgia Gwinnett University was the site for last year’s soccer championships while Cal State San Marcos hosted last year’s cross country championships.

The league also announced on Wednesday that Johnson & Wales University (Colo.) has been selected to host the 2014 A.I.I. Volleyball Championships on Nov. 14-15 in Denver, Colo.

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