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

NEW ORLEANS – The race for NCAA Division III Program of the Year is heating up.

After the conclusion of the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, the overall standings show one clear-cut leader and another close battle.

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 III Program of the Year Standings

Men’s Team Pts Women’s Team Pts
1. North Central (Ill.) 3 1. UW-Eau Claire 7
2. UW-La Crosse 7 2. Washington (Mo.) 8
3. Christopher Newport 11 3. Williams 10
3. UW-Eau Claire 11 4. Ithaca 16
5. Loras 19.5 4. MIT 16

North Central (Ill.) looks primed to take home its first Al Carius Men’s Division III Program of the Year Award since 2011-12. The Cardinals won the cross country title in the fall and placed runner-up this past weekend in Birmingham, Alabama for a total of three points.

UW-La Crosse, a four-time winner of this honor (including three in a row from 2013 to 2015), sits second with seven points. The Eagles finished second in cross country and fifth indoors.

Christopher Newport and UW-Eau Claire are tied for third place with 11 points. The Captains were third in cross country and eighth indoors, while the Blugolds finished seventh in cross country and fourth indoors.

Loras is a distant fifth with a total of 19.5 points.

UW-Eau Claire holds a slim lead in the battle for the Deb Vercauteren Division III Women’s Program of the Year Award. The Blugolds have seven points after finishing runner-up in cross country and coming in a fourth-place tie indoors.

Washington (Mo.), the back-to-back winner of this honor, sits second with eight points. The Bears finished third in cross country and tied with UW-Eau Claire this past weekend.

Williams is third with 10 points, while Ithaca and MIT are tied for fifth place with 16 points.