Adams State Takes Home Inaugural Division II Men’s Program of the Year Award

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

May 26, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – With a third place showing at the Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, the Adams State men have claimed the inaugural Division II Men’s Program of the Year Award.

Adams State, national champions in cross country and the runner-up at the Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships finished the 2008-09 season with six points towards the program of the year standings.

Finishing second overall to Adams State in the program of the year standings was Abilene Christian which finished with nine points overall. ACU finished fourth in cross country, third at the indoor championships and second at the outdoor championships. Western State finished third in the program of the year standings with 20.5 points.

The NCAA Division II Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division II men’s cross country/track & field program. The award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field seasons) based on the institution’s finish at the NCAA Division II Championships.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for the NCAA Championships. Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA Division II Championship in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field (i.e. 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, 31st = 31 points) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the award recipient.

Ranking Institution Total Points
1 Adams State 6
2 Abilene Christian 9
3 Western State 20.5
4 Grand Valley State 29
5 Harding 29.5
6 Ashland 31.5
7 Pittsburg State 32
8 Metropolitan State 41.5
9 Colorado School of Mines 44.5
10 Queens University of Charlotte 47.5
11 UMASS Lowell 67
12 Missouri Southern State 89.5