Adams State Men Claim Fifth-Straight DII Program of the Year Honors
NEW ORLEANS – Though the Adams State men weren’t able to defend their NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field title, the Grizzlies were able to maintain their stranglehold on the Division II Men’s Program of the Year Award for the fifth straight academic year.
Adams State finished third at both the indoor and outdoor track & field championships after claiming the cross country title in the fall, beating out Ashland for Program of the Year honors — their fifth in the five years the award has been bestowed.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs in each of the NCAA’s three divisions and for each gender. 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 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 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.
With 44 team points the Grizzlies scored the third-most team points at the Division III outdoor championships behind champion Saint Augustine’s at 105 and Ashland at 57. In terms of the team standings, the three points earned from their third-place finish were added to their three from the indoor season and one from the cross country campaign for a winning total of seven.
Ashland did the Grizzlies one better at both the indoor and outdoor championships, finishing runner-up on both occasions, but finished in a two-way tie with Edinboro for ninth during the cross country season for a total of 13.5 points in the Program of the Year standings. The Eagles’ second-place finish is the highest in program history, up from third place last season in their first appearance.
Adams State’s RMAC rivals Western State finished third in the standings with 24 points. The Mountaineers were sixth at the cross country championships and fifth at this past weekend’s outdoor championships, but 13th at the indoor meet. Western State finished runner-up a year ago.
Indoor and outdoor track & field champion Saint Augustine’s is not eligible for the Program of the Year Award since its cross country team did not qualify for the NCAA Championships.
2011-2012: Adams State (1st), Western State (2nd), Ashland (3rd)
2010-2011: Adams State (1st), Abilene Christian (2nd), Central Missouri (3rd)
2009-2010: Adams State (1st), Pittsburg State (2nd), Western Washington (3rd)
2008-2009: Adams State (1st), Abilene Christian (2nd), Western State (3rd)