2018 NAIA Program of the Year Standings – Post-Indoor Update

NEW ORLEANS – With just the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championship ahead, a much clearer picture was painted on Tuesday when the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the Post-Indoor Standings for NAIA Program of the Year.

The men from Eastern Oregon and the women from Wayland Baptist (Texas) currently sit atop the standings for the respective awards, but both teams have programs chomping at their heels.

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.

NAIA Program of the Year Standings

Men’s Team Pts Women’s Team Pts
1. Eastern Oregon 13.5 1. Wayland Baptist (Texas) 3
2. Indiana Tech 14 2. Aquinas (Mich.) 9
3. St. Francis (Ill.) 17 3. Oklahoma City 13.5
4. Wayland Baptist (Texas) 25 4. Northwestern (Iowa) 19
5. Oklahoma City 26.5 5. Taylor (Ind.) 26

Eastern Oregon tied for sixth at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held in Pittsburg, Kansas, a few weekends ago. Prior to that, the Mountaineers put together a seventh-place finish during the cross country season, giving them a point total of 13.5.

However, powerhouse Indiana Tech is right behind the Mountaineers in the standings with 14 points. The winner of the last two awards, the Warriors were runners-up during the indoor championship meet after finishing 12th during the cross country campaign.

Rounding out the top-five on the men’s side was St. Francis (Ill.) (17), Wayland Baptist (Texas) (25) and Oklahoma City (26.5).

The Adams State men have captured each Damon Martin Division II Men’s Program of the Year Award since its inception during the 2008-09 season.

The women from Wayland Baptist (Texas) have shot out of the gate with back-to-back strong performances during the cross country and indoor track & field seasons. Hoping to repeat as NAIA Women’s Program of the Year, the Pioneers posted a runner-up finish during the cross country championships before claiming the indoor track & field title to give them a meager three points in the standings.

Right behind the Pioneers is Aquinas (Mich.) with nine points. The Saints placed fourth during the cross country season and fifth during the indoor track & field campaign.

Oklahoma City (13.5), Northwestern (Iowa) (19) and Taylor (Ind.) (26) sat third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the post-indoor update.