After a huge renovation, Mt. San Antonio College will once again be the host site for the CIF Southern Section-Ford Boys and Girls Cross-Country Championships. Valley News/David Canales photo

The CIF Southern Section-Ford Boys and Girls Cross-Country Championships will return to the Mt. San Antonio College course in Walnut once the fall season sport returns to competitive racing again.

“We are excited to return to Mt. San Antonio College and their beautiful state of the art facility for the CIF Southern Section-Ford Boys and Girls Cross-Country Championships,” Rob Wigod, CIF-SS commissioner of athletics, said.

As of this date, the Division 2 and Division 4 prelims will tentatively run Friday, Nov. 13, the Division 1, Division 3, Division 5 prelims will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, and the CIF-SS-Ford Cross-Country Championship Finals are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21. It marks a return to Mt. SAC for its cross-country championships for the first time since 2015.

The course closed at that point due to a complete $87 million renovation that included a new Hilmer Lodge Stadium, track, scoreboard and educational facilities. The stadium was first dedicated Oct. 8, 1948, by the late congressman, Richard M. Nixon. It was renamed after Hilmer Lodge, who created the Mt. SAC Relays in 1959 and was the college’s first track and field and cross-country coach.

“We want to thank Mt. SAC and facilities director Doug Todd for welcoming us to their venue and we look forward to an outstanding championship experience for our student-athletes and all of our stakeholders,” Wigod said.

Besides hosting the CIF-SS cross-country and track finals as well as many football championships, Hilmer Lodge Stadium hosted the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1962, 1979 and 1980. It also played host to the United States women’s Olympic Trials in 1968 and was renovated with the hope to host these events again.

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