NCAA DI Program of the Year Standings Update – Post-Indoor
By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA
March 13, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – As quickly as it started, it’s over.
The 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season drew to a close this past weekend in College Station, Texas with the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
When all was said and done, Texas A&M‘s men and Oregon‘s women stood tall. The Aggies edged Florida by a half-point following a thrilling conclusion to the 4×400 relay, while the Ducks steamrolled the competition and scored the most points in meet history (84).
But what do the results from this past weekend mean to the standings for the USTFCCCA Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I Program of the Year Award?
We’re glad you asked.
For those uninitiated, 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 Program of the Year Standings – Post-NCAA Indoor
|Men’s Team||Pts||Women’s Team||Pts|
|1. Arkansas||10||1. Oregon||2|
|2. Oregon||12||2. Colorado||10|
|3. Syracuse||13.5||3. Stanford||15.5|
|4. Ole Miss||22||4. Michigan||17.5|
|5. Colorado/Tulsa||24||5. Arkansas||24|
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As you can see, the Oregon women are well on their way to their 9th consecutive Terry Crawford Women’s Division I Program of the Year Award – and justifiably so. The Ducks could become the first women’s team in NCAA Division I history to capture the Triple Crown – championships during the same academic year in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.
Oregon has 2 points right now, 8 fewer than runner-up Colorado (3rd place in cross country and 7th place this past weekend). For the Buffs to catch the Ducks, Oregon must finish 10th or worse at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June and Colorado would need to win the NCAA title.
Stanford is 3rd in the women’s standings with 15.5 points, followed by Michigan (4th, 17.5) and Arkansas rounds out the top-5 with 24 points.
It’s a lot closer in the men’s standings where Arkansas leads Oregon by 2 points.
The Razorbacks finished 5th in both cross country and indoor track & field to bring their total to 10. The Ducks struggled in the fall with a 9th-place finish in Terre Haute, Indiana and bounced back to finish 3rd in College Station this past weekend.
Syracuse is right there as well. The Orange finished 3rd in cross country and in a tie for 10th this past weekend to give them a total of 13.5 points.
For Arkansas to hold on and win its 1st John McDonnell Program of the Year Award since 2012-13, it must either beat Oregon on its home track in June or finish no worse than one spot behind the hosts in the standings.
Ole Miss sits 4th in the men’s standings with 22 points, while Colorado and Tulsa are both tied with 24 points in 5th.