NCAA DIII Program of the Year Standings Update – Post-Indoor

NEW ORLEANS – This past weekend at the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, the men from North Central (Ill.) and UW-La Crosse showed their mettle, as did the women from Washington (Mo.).

And what do you know? Those three teams headline the NCAA Division III Program of the Year standings that were released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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 III Program of the Year Standings

Men’s Team Pts Women’s Team Pts
1. North Central (Ill.) 2.5 1. Washington (Mo.) 3
2. UW-La Crosse 7.5 2. Williams 8
3. UW-Eau Claire 10 3. MIT 10.5
4. SUNY Geneseo 12.5 4. SUNY Geneseo 11
5. Washington (Mo.) 21 5. Ithaca 13

North Central (Ill.) is No. 1 in the running to receive the Al Carius Program of the Year Award for the first time since 2012. The Cardinals also won the cross country title in the fall and are two-thirds of the way to completing the Triple Crown, which is bestowed upon the team that wins all three national titles (cross country, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field) during the same academic year.

UW-La Crosse shared the indoor crown with North Central (Ill.) and the points that came along with it in the standings. The Eagles finished 6th during cross country and that gives them a total of 7.5 points, 5 points behind the Cardinals.

For UW-La Crosse to catch North Central (Ill.), the Eagles must finish six places better than the Cardinals at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

UW-Eau Claire, last year’s Program of the Year, sits 3rd with 10 points. SUNY Geneseo and Washington (Mo.) rounded out the top-5 with 12.5 and 21 points, respectively.

Over in the race for the Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award – given out to the top women’s team of the academic year – WashU owns a comfortable lead and is in position to win its second Program of the Year Award in a row.

The Bears finished 2nd in cross country and when you add in their championship from this past weekend, it gives them 3 points. That puts WashU 5 points up on runner-up Williams.

MIT sits 3rd with 10.5 points, a half-point ahead of SUNY Geneseo in 4th. Indoor runner-up Ithaca is 5th with 13 points.