Wisconsin Oshkosh Captures Inaugural Al Carius Program of the Year Award

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

June 1, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – The Wisconsin Oshkosh men added another trophy to their collection on Monday when the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the final standings of the inaugural NCAA Division III Al Carius Men’s Program of the Year Award.

Oshkosh earned the trophy after back-to-back national titles. The Titans won their first ever men’s indoor national title in March, tying Program of the Year runner-up Wisconsin-La Crosse in the indoor team standings, and then won its first ever men’s outdoor national title back in May. Oshkosh also finished ninth at the cross country national championships to finish with a final Program of the Year score of 11.5 points.

La Crosse was just behind Oshkosh in the standings with 12.5 points as the Eagles picked up top ten finishes in all three sports this year. Another Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member, Wisconsin Stevens Point finished third in the team standings with 38.5 points.

Whitworth University finished fourth with 40.5 points while North Central College finished fifth with 41 points.

The Al Carius Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division III 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 III Championships.

In order to be eligible for the award teams must qualify for the NCAA Championships.  Scoring will be based on the team’s finish at each NCAA Division III 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.

The Al Carius Program of the Year Award is named after USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and current North Central College long-time head coach Al Carius.  Carius is in his 43rd year of service at North Central and has won 19 NCAA Division III National Championships.

Final Standings Institution
Total Points
1 Wisconsin-Oshkosh
11.5
2 Wisconsin-La Crosse
12.5
3 Wisconsin-Stevens Point
38.5
4 Whitworth
40.5
5 North Central (Illinois)
41
6 Williams
69
7 Nebraska Wesleyan
70
8 Ohio Northern
77
9 Calvin
78
10 Augustana (Illinois)
79
11 St. John’s (Minnesota)
95
12 Mount Union
98
13 Dickinson
98.5
14 Haverford
109
15 Allegheny
111
16 Case Western Reserve
150.5