GVSU Women Win Jerry Baltes DII Program of the Year Award
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NCAA DII wTFXC Program of the Year

GVSU Women Win Jerry Baltes DII Program of the Year Award

NEW ORLEANS – Grand Valley State’s women came up short in their bid to repeat as either indoor or outdoor track & field champions, but the Lakers still came out on top to win their coach’s namesake award, the Jerry Baltes Division II Women’s Program of the Year award, in its first season officially named after Baltes and the fifth time in a row overall.

After winning the cross country team title in the fall, the Lakers finished fourth at the indoor championships and third at this past weekend’s outdoor championships to clinch the Program of the Year award for fifth straight year in its fifth year of existence.

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.

Women’s Program of the Year Standings – Top 5

Rank Team Score
1 GVSU 8.5
2 Adams State 14
3 Alaska Anchorage 24
4 U-Mary 34
5 Western State 39

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.

The Lakers, tied for third with Lincoln (Mo.) finished just out of second place at this past weekend’s outdoor championships with 51 team points, third to champion Academy of Art’s 60 points and Johnson C. Smith’s 54. Combined with their cross country title in the fall and their fourth-place finish indoors, the Lakers’ total of 8.5 Program of the Year standings points was well ahead of second-place Adams State at 14.

Adams State finished third at the cross country championships, sixth indoors and fifth outdoors to arrive at their 14-point total in the standings. Third-place Alaska Anchorage finished with 24 points.

Indoor and outdoor track & field champion Academy of Art is not eligible for the Program of the Year Award since its cross country team did not qualify for the NCAA Championships.

The Jerry Baltes Women’s Program of the Year Award is named after current Grand Valley State coach Jerry Baltes. As of the 2013 season, Baltes’ squads have won six NCAA titles. A “triple crown” of NCAA crowns in the 2010-11 academic year and Baltes’ squad became the first in Division II history, regardless of gender to win cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field national championships in the same seasons.

Past Winners

2011-2012Grand Valley State (1st), Adams State (2nd), Western State (3rd)
2010-2011
Grand Valley State (1st), Adams State (2nd), Western State (3rd)
2009-2010
Grand Valley State (1st), Adams State (2nd), Seattle Pacific (3rd)
2008-2009Grand Valley State (1st), Adams State (2nd), Seattle Pacific (3rd)