Indiana Tech Men, Wayland Baptist (Texas) Women Named NAIA Programs of the Year
NEW ORLEANS – Indiana Tech and Wayland Baptist (Texas) used tremendous efforts from their track & field programs to win the NAIA Program of the Year Awards.
The Warriors finished 1st indoors and 2nd at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend to come from behind and beat St. Francis (Ill.) in the men’s race. Indiana Tech had trailed by 13 points in the men’s standings, but finished 59 spots ahead of the Saints to easily secure their 2nd Men’s Program of the Year Award in a row.
This past weekend the Pioneers won their 2nd outdoor title in the past three years and coupled with their 3rd place finish indoors, rallied to knock off Aquinas (Mich.) and Oklahoma City. Wayland Baptist (Texas) came through in the fall in 12th place to give it a total of 16 points.
Coaches from both Indiana Tech and Wayland Baptist (Texas) will be honored in December at the annual USTFCCCA Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is bestowed 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.
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.
Indiana Tech was the runaway winner in the men’s standings as it outpaced Marian (Ind.) 28 to 45½. Oliver Nazarene (Ill.) finished 3rd, followed by Bethel (Ind.) and Bacone (Okla.).
Over in the women’s standings, Wayland Baptist (Texas) trumped the aforementioned Aquinas (Mich.) and Hastings (Neb.), who tied for 2nd with 28 points. Oklahoma City finished 4th with 31 points and St. Francis (Ill.) rounded out the top-5.