2018 NCAA DI Program of the Year Standings – Post-Indoor Update

NEW ORLEANS – It’s neck and neck – and neck and neck – in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Program of the Year standings.

With two championships in the books – cross country and indoor track & field – it’s still anybody’s guess as to who wins the John McDonnell Men’s Division I Program of the Year Award and the Terry Crawford Women’s Division I Program of the Year Award.

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 winner. 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. Northern Arizona 16 1. Oregon 10
2. Arkansas 18.5 2. New Mexico 11.5
3. Oregon 19.5 3. Stanford 12
4. Alabama 23 4. Arkansas 15
5. Syracuse 23.5 5. Georgia 18
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Northern Arizona got a leg up on the competition for the John McDonnell Men’s Division I Program of the Year Award thanks to its national title in cross country. The Lumberjacks then placed 15th this past weekend at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships with just one scoring athlete (Andy Trouard won the 3000 and placed fifth in the 5000).

Arkansas and Oregon aren’t too far behind NAU with 18.5 points and 19.5 points, respectively. The Razorbacks and Ducks finished right next to each other in cross country (fifth and sixth, respectively) and then tied for 13th place this past weekend.

Alabama and Syracuse rounded out the top-5 teams in the men’s standings.

By virtue of two fifth-place finishes at NCAAs, the Women of Oregon are in the driver’s seat for the Terry Crawford Women’s Division I Program of the Year Award. The Ducks know a thing or two about winning this honor as they’ve done it every year since its inception.

New Mexico is nipping at Oregon’s heels, though. The Lady Lobos won the cross country title and tied for 10th indoors, which left them with 11.5 points, 1.5 behind the Ducks.

Stanford sits third in the women’s standings after a fourth-place finish in the fall and an eighth-place mark this past weekend in College Station, Texas.

Indoor runner-up Arkansas and indoor champion Georgia are fourth and fifth.