Program of the Year Standings in D-III Show North Central Men, MIT Women Up Top

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

March 17, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – Through the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, the men of North Central College leads the USTFCCCA Al Carius Men’s Program of the Year standings while MIT holds the top spot in the Deb Vercauteren Women’s Program of the Year race. Just the outdoor track & field season remains for the 2010-2011 school year.

USTFCCCA Program of the Year: Current Standings (MEN | WOMEN) | Award History

North Central (Ill.), the defending winner of Al Carius Men’s Program of the Year standings, just won their second-straight NCAA Indoor Track & Field team title last weekend, adding to their second-place finish at the national cross country meet in the fall. NCC leads the way with just three points and has a sizeable margin from current second-place UW Oshkosh with 15 and UW Stevens Point with 16½.

UW Oshkosh finished fourth at the indoor championships and 11th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships while UW Stevens Point took sixth at the cross country meet and tied for 10th at the indoor championships.

Men’s NCAA Cross Country Champions Haverford stands in seventh in the overall standings with 33 points. The Fords placed 29th at the national indoor meet.

North Central won the 2009-2010 award with a perfect score of three points, having won the “triple crown” by taking NCAA titles in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field in the same cycle.

On the women’s side the Engineers of MIT lead the Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year standings with six points, earned in notching third-place finishes at both the NCAA cross country and indoor track & field championships. Williams sits second in the standings with 12 points (5th XC, 7th ITF) and Wartburg is third with 16 points (14th XC, 2nd ITF).

MIT finished second in the final standings last school year, and Wartburg was the winners of the award in 2008-2009.

UW Oshkosh, the women’s defending award winner, sits in a tie for fourth in the standings with Calvin. The Titans, the team national champions at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, finished 16th at the cross country national meet. Middlebury, winners of the national team crown at the cross country championships finished in a tie for 19th at the indoor meet and stand sixth in the overall standings with 22 points.

The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field champions in Division III will be determined May 26-28, in Delaware, Ohio, home to Ohio Wesleyan.

The Al Carius Program of the Year Award is named after USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and long-time North Central College head coach Al Carius.  Carius is in his 46th year of service at North Central, still as head coach of the Cardinals’ cross country squad, and has won 21 NCAA Division III National Championships.

The NCAA Division III Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award is named after USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and former UW Oshkosh women’s head coach Deb Vercauteren. Her Titans have won a combined 18 NCAA national titles and her student-athletes have combined to earn over 345 All-American performances. Vercauteren has won an impressive 36 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles (15 cross country, 11 indoors, and 10 outdoors).

The NCAA Division III Program of the Year Awards are awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division III cross country/track & field programs.  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 each of 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.

Al Carius Program of the Year Award Standings (Top 5)
Men’s Division III

1

North Central (Ill.)

3 pts

2

UW Oshkosh

15 pts

3

UW Stevens Point

16½ pts

4

Washington (Mo.)

17 pts

5

Calvin

20½ pts

 
Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award Standings (Top 5)
Women’s Division II

1

MIT

6 pts

2

Williams

12 pts

3

Wartburg

16 pts

4

Calvin

17 pts

 

UW Oshkosh

17 pts