Grand Valley State’s Women Claims Third-Straight Program of the Year Title

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

June 1, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The women’s program at Grand Valley State University are winners of the USTFCCCA Division II Program of the Year for the third-consecutive time. In the 2010-2011 academic year, the Lakers claimed NCAA team titles in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field. The USTFCCCA Program of the Year award is given to an institution that had the best combined team finishes in each of the NCAA’s cross country/track & field sports in a given academic year.

Division II Women’s Program of the Year Winners

2010-2011: Grand Valley State (1st), Adams State (2nd), Western State (3rd)
2009-2010
: Grand Valley State (1st), Adams State (2nd), Seattle Pacific (3rd)
2008-2009: Grand Valley State (1st), Adams State (2nd), Seattle Pacific (3rd)

After winning the 2008-2009 title with only eight points and the 2009-2010 with seven-and-a-half, the Lakers swept the board, winning the Program of the Year crown with a perfect score – three points. The Lakers, coached by Jerry Baltes, remarkably claimed just their first NCAA team crowns in each of the three sports over the academic season.

In the fall, Grand Valley State won the NCAA cross country crown with a 66-95 victory over Western State. In March, GVSU won the NCAA indoor track & field crown with 83 points, 32 ahead of Lincoln (Mo.). And, last weekend, GVSU won the NCAA outdoor title with 82½ points over Lincoln’s 68.

For the third-straight year, Adams State finished as runners-up in the women’s Program of the Year race. The Grizzlies claimed third in each of the three NCAA championships during the year. RMAC rival Western State took third in the final standings after placing second at the cross country championships, ninth indoors, and eighth outdoors.

A total of ten teams, including Shippensburg, Augustana (S.D.), Pittsburg State, U-Mary, Western Washington, Hillsdale, and Kutztown earned national finishes in each of the three sports this academic year.

The NCAA Division II Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding 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 II 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.

The winner of Division II’s Men’s Program of the Year will be announced on Thursday.

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

1

Grand Valley State

3 pts

2

Adams State

9 pts

3

Western State

19½ pts

4

Shippensburg

29 pts

5

Augustana (S.D.)

42½ pts