Adams State Wins Division II Men’s Program of the Year Title For Second Time

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

June 4, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is honored to announce Adams State College of Alamosa, Colo., as the winners of the Division II Men’s Program of the Year Award for the 2009-2010 school year. Adams State captures the title of program of the year for the second-straight season.

Division II Men’s Program of the Year Winners
2009-2010: Adams State (1st), Pittsburg State (2nd), Western Washington (3rd)
2008-2009: Adams State (1st), Abilene Christian (2nd), Western State (3rd)

In 2009-10, Adams State captured NCAA titles in cross country and indoor track & field during the school year and followed with a fourth-place showing at last weekend’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

"We’re really proud to receive this honor,” said Director of Track & Field and Head Cross Country Coach Damon Martin. “It is so indicative of our entire program in that includes all three sports and is in recognition of the hard work that so many student-athletes and assistant coaches put in throughout the year and in years past. To win it two years in a row is astounding. I’m really proud of that."

Adams State scored just six points (1 XC, 1 ITF, 4 OTF) towards the award total. Pittsburg State of Pittsburg, Kan., was second with 33½ points tallied (18 XC, 6 ITF, 9½ OTF). Western Washington of Bellingham, Wash., was third at 38½ (4 XC, 14 ITF, 18 OTF).

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. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.