Oregon Sweeps 2014-15 NCAA DI Program of the Year Awards

By Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

June 16, 2015   

NEW ORLEANS – While the Oregon women may have claimed their first national outdoor team title since 1985 with a win at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, they are certainly no strangers to the USTFCCCA Women’s Program of the Year award.

What is the USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award? 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.

FULL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

The Ducks narrowly edged out Arkansas in the final standings to earn the Terry Crawford NCAA Division I Women’s Program of the Year award for the seventh consecutive season, while their male teammates were comfortable winners of the John McDonnell NCAA Division I Men’s Program of the Year award for the second year in a row.

Oregon’s men completed the indoor/outdoor sweep of the national team titles this past weekend.

Arkansas’ indoor national champion women entered this past weekend’s championships as the slim leader in the standings, but Oregon’s win and a fourth-place effort by the Razorbacks resulted in Oregon’s nine cumulative points to Arkansas’ 10.

Oregon was sixth overall in cross country, second during the indoor season and the national champion outdoors.

Oregon’s men’s Program of the Year win – much like their national team title defense this past weekend – was far more comfortable, The Ducks accumulated just eight points with two track & field national team titles and a sixth-place effort in cross country.

The Ducks were sixth during the cross country season and national champions both indoors and out.

Men’s unner-up Arkansas was well back with 34 points.

Rounding out the top three in the standings were the women of Stanford with 35½ points and the men of Texas with 39.

Full standings can be found here.