INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee has selected Jacksonville, Fla., and Austin, Texas, as host sites for the 2012 NCAA Division I Track and Field East and West preliminary rounds, respectively. The competition dates for both sites are May 24-26.

The University of North Florida will play host the East preliminary round competition at Hodges Stadium. North Florida will serve as track and field hosts for the first time in NCAA championship history. Texas will play host the West preliminary round competition at Mike A. Myers Track & Soccer Stadium, where it has hosted numerous NCAA track and field competitions, most recently for the 2010 NCAA West preliminary round. It was also the site of the 2004 national championships.

“We received an increased number of quality bids by institutions and sports commissions,” said Todd Patulski, chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee and deputy athletics director at Baylor. “This is a significant event that brings a lot of track student-athletes, coaches and fans to a campus and community. Texas and North Florida are two of those quality sites that will provide first-class facilities, staff and a commitment to the event. We’re confident this will be a tremendous year for the student-athletes, coaches and everyone involved.”

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