Grand Valley State Presented With 2009-10 Division II Program of the Year Award
By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA
September 13, 2010
NEW ORLEANS – Sam Seemes, CEO of the USTFCCCA, presented the Division II Women’s Program of the Year Award to Grand Valley State University Saturday night in a ceremony held in conjunction with the GVSU’s home football game versus Hillsdale. Representing Grand Valley State University was Athletics Director Tim Selgo and Head Coach Jerry Baltes along with other members of the department’s administration and the women’s track & field and cross country teams.
In 2009-10, Grand Valley State notched a runner-up national showings 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.
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 Division II Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division II women’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.