Grand Valley State is Division II’s Women’s Program of the Year

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

June 15, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is honored to announce Grand Valley State University of Allendale, Mich., as the winners of the Division II Women’s Program of the Year Award for the 2009-2010 school year. Grand Valley State captured the title of program of the year for the second-straight season.

Division II Women’s Program of the Year Winners

2009-2010: Grand Valley State (1st), Adams State (2nd), Seattle Pacific (3rd)

2008-2009: Grand Valley State (1st), Adams State (2nd), Seattle Pacific (3rd)

In 2009-10, Grand Valley State notched a runner-up national showing in cross country and shared runner-up honors in indoor track & field. The Lakers added a third-place team performance at the recent NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

“We are thrilled and honored to achieve this accomplishment for the second year in a row for our women,” said Head Coach Jerry Baltes. “We take great pride in having quality student-athletes in each event area in order for us to compete at a high level in all three seasons.”

Grand Valley State scored just seven-and-a-half points (2 XC, =2 ITF, 3 OTF) towards the award total. Adams State, the NCAA Cross Country team champs was second in the tally with 14 points (1 XC, 5 ITF, 8 OTF). Seattle Pacific finished third with 28 points (4 XC, 7 ITF, 17 OTF). Grand Valley State, Adams State, and Seattle Pacific finished in the exact same order for the 2008-09 award.

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.