Program of the Year Standings Update – Post Indoor

By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA

March 15, 2016   

NEW ORLEANS — The NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships are in the books.

Oregon swept the Division I titles in Birmingham, Alabama. Tiffin and Lincoln (Mo.) were tops at the Division II meet in Pittsburg, Kansas. And in Division III, Baldwin Wallace and UW-Eau Claire rose to the occasion in Grinnell, Iowa.

That’s all fine and dandy, but what does it mean to the standings for the USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award?

We’re glad you asked.

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For those unititiated, the USTFCCCA Program of the Year 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.

NCAA Division I

STANDINGS TABLES

NCAA Division I Program of the Year Standings

Men’s Team Points Women’s Team Points
1. Oregon 5 1. Oregon 4
2. Arkansas 8 2. Arkansas 11
3. Stanford 11.5 3. Michigan 12
4. Syracuse 12 4. Notre Dame 13
5. Washington 14 5. Oklahoma State 17.5
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How did Oregon’s dominance at the Birmingham CrossPlex improve their positioning?

Let’s start with the women, who are comfortably in the lead in front of second-place Arkansas. Thanks to the Ducks’ victory this past weekend and a third-place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, they now have four points and a seven-point lead.

If the Oregon women finish no worse than seventh at June’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, they’ll win their eighth consecutive Terry Crawford Women’s Division I Program of the Year Award.

But what about the men, who mauled the field in Alabama? Well, it’s a bit tighter for them.

The Ducks have a three-point edge over the Razorbacks and a 6.5-point cushion on Stanford.

For Oregon to not win its third consecutive John McDonnell Program of the Year Award, Arkansas would need to win on the Ducks’ home track and Robert Johnson’s team would need to finish fifth or worse. Crazier things have happened.

Rounding out the top-5 of the men’s standings are XC champ Syracuse (12 points) and Washington (14).

Michigan (12) and Notre Dame (13) are right behind the Razorback women, while Oklahoma State is a bit further back (17.5).

NCAA Division II

NCAA Division II Program of the Year Standings

Men’s Team Points Women’s Team Points
1. Adams State 4 1. Grand Valley State 5
2. Grand Valley State 9 1. Hillsdale 5
3. Colorado Mines 14 3. Lewis 15.5
3. Alaska Anchorage 17.5 4. Adams State 17.5
5. American International 31.5 4. Alaska Anchorage 17.5
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It’s going to come down to the wire to decide which team is going to be named the Jerry Baltes Division II Women’s Program of the Year.

Grand Valley State and Hillsdale sit tied atop the standings with 5 points each after they alternated second- and third-place finishes at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships and the Indoor Championships.

Whichever team finishes higher in Bradenton, Florida come May 26-28 will take the crown. If it’s GVSU, it would be the Lakers’ seventh Program of the Year win in the pat eight years.

In the race to be the Damon Martin Division II Men’s Program of the Year, Adams State is well on its way to capturing its eighth consecutive award. Second-place finishes in cross country and indoor track & field left the Grizzlies with four points, five more than GVSU.

A top-5 finish for Adams State in Florida would lock up the honor.

Elsewhere in the men’s standings, XC champ Colorado Mines is third with 14 points, followed by Alaska Anchorage (17.5) and American International.

For the women, Lewis is a distant third (15.5 points), while Adams State and Alaska Anchorage are tied for fourth.

NCAA Division III

NCAA Division IIII Program of the Year Standings

Men’s Team Points Women’s Team Points
1. UW-Eau Claire 2 1. MIT 8
2. St. Olaf 9.5 1. Washington (Mo.) 8
2. Williams 9.5 3. UW-La Crosse 18
4. North Central (Ill.) 10.5 4. SUNY Geneseo 21
5. UW-La Crosse 12 5. UW-Eau Claire 25.5
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Triple crowns are hard to complete in any sport, especially cross country and track & field.

Well, after this past weekend, UW-Eau Claire has two slices of the three-piece pie (XC champ, indoor champ). If the Blugolds win the outdoor title in Waverly, Iowa come May, they’ll be the first team since North Central (Ill.) in 2009-10 to capture the triple crown.

Needless to say, UW-Eau Claire owns a sizable lead in the race to be named the Al Carius Division III Men’s Program of the Year. The Blugolds are 7.5-point leaders over St. Olaf and Williams, who are tied for second place.

Rounding out the men’s top-5 is North Central (Ill.) with 10.5 points and UW-La Crosse with 12.

Just like in DII, whichever team between MIT and Washington (Mo.) finishes better outdoors will be named the Deb Vercauteren Division III Women’s Program of the Year. Both programs have eight-point totals with alternating third- and fifth-place finishes at the first two NCAA meets.

Elsewhere in the top-5 of the women’s standings, UW-La Crosse sits third with 18 points, SUNY Geneseo is fourth with 21 and UW-Eau Claire is fifth with 25.5.