By Slimmest of Margins, Florida State Takes Second-Straight Program of the Year Honor
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By Slimmest of Margins, Florida State Takes Second-Straight Program of the Year Honor

NEW ORLEANS – The men’s program at Florida State is the winner of the USTFCCCA’s John McDonnell Program of the Year award for the 2011-2012 academic year. In the closest finish in award history, the Seminoles claimed their second-straight award, finishing just one point ahead of runner-up Indiana. The USTFCCCA Program of the Year award, now in its fourth year of existence, 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.

2011-2012 FINAL Standings (PDF) | Program of the Year Award History

John McDonnell Men’s Division I Program of the Year Winners

2011-2012: Florida State (1st), Indiana (2nd), Texas (3rd)
2010-2011
: Florida State (1st), Stanford (2nd), BYU (3rd)
2009-2010
: Oregon (1st), Arizona State (2nd), Northern Arizona (3rd)
2008-2009: Oregon (1st), Stanford (2nd), Florida State (3rd)

Bob Braman’s squad placed fourth last weekend at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Seminoles placed 12th at the national cross country championships in the fall and in a three-way tie for eighth at the indoor track & field national meet.

All told, Florida State tallied 25 points for the top spot. Indiana posted their best finish in team history, taking second with 26 points. The Hoosiers placed seventh in cross country, sixth in indoor track & field, and a five-way tie for 11th place last weekend (worth 13 points). Texas was third with 27½ points (11 XC, 7 ITF, =9 OTF) for their best finish in program history.

“We try to be as balanced as possible,” said Braman, Florida State’s Head Coach of Track & Field and Men’s Cross Country. “This was a really competitive year and you see a lot of new faces turning up in the competition. It’s really gratifying to our coaching staff and our student-athletes that we are recognized as the best all-around program in the country. The interesting thing about the award, because it recognizes the excellence in all three spots, you see some of the track-only programs becoming more active and committed to the distance side and in cross country. You see more programs realizing, as we do, that you can’t take seasons off.”

A total of 20 programs recorded team finishes at each of the year’s NCAA championships.

Florida swept NCAA indoor and outdoor track & field titles to go with a 30th-place showing at the national cross country meet. The Gators placed fifth in the overall standings with 32 points.

Wisconsin, the NCAA Cross Country team champion, finished in a tie with Big Ten foe Minnesota for eighth overall in the standings with 63 points (1 XC, =26 ITF, 32 OTF).

The John McDonnell Program of the Year Award is named after USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and former Arkansas head coach John McDonnell.  McDonnell’s Arkansas teams won a combined 40 National Championships and finished in the top ten in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field in 24 of his 36 seasons in Fayetteville. Five of his teams won the NCAA Triple Crown. 

The NCAA Division I Program of the Year Awards are 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 I 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 I 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 Terry Crawford Division I Women’s Program of the Year Award winner will be announced later today.

Program of the Year Award Standings (Top Five FINAL)
Men’s Division I – John McDonnell Award

1

Florida State

25 pts

2

Indiana

26 pts

3

Texas

27½ pts

4

Texas A&M

30 pts

5

Florida

32 pts