Alabama, Stanford Named USTFCCCA NCAA DI Programs of the Year
NEW ORLEANS – A pair of first-time winners were honored as the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Program of the Year on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Alabama was named the John McDonnell Men’s Division I Program of the Year. The Crimson Tide had never finished in the top-3 of the standings for the award before this year.
Stanford was named the Terry Crawford Women’s Division I Program of the Year. The Cardinal finished runner-up at the end of the 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 academic years and broke a nine-year streak by Pac-12 rival Oregon.
Coaches from both programs will be honored at the annual USTFCCCA Convention, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from December 17-20.
Final NCAA Division I Program of the Year Standings
|Men’s Team||Pts||Women’s Team||Pts|
|1. Alabama||28.5||1. Stanford||15|
|2. Arkansas||31||2. Oregon||17|
|3. Stanford||35.5||3. Georgia||20|
|4. Northern Arizona||37.5||4. Arkansas||26.5|
|5. Virginia Tech||39||5. New Mexico||29|
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Alabama proved the old adage correct: It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.
The Crimson Tide finished 14th in cross country and ninth indoors to give it 23 points in the Program of the Year standings heading into the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend.
Alabama shined at Historic Hayward Field as it amassed 33 team points. The Crimson Tide ended up in a tie for fifth place, its best finish since 1986 when it finished fourth.
Dan Waters’ program shot ahead of Northern Arizona, Arkansas and Oregon, all of which were in front of it in the Post-NCAA Indoor Championships Update. Alabama took home the crown with 28.5 points, followed by Arkansas with 31. Stanford was third with 35.5 points. Northern Arizona finished fourth with 37.5 points and Virginia Tech rounded out the top-5.
The race for the Terry Crawford Women’s Division I Program of the Year couldn’t have been tighter. Entering the outdoor season, Oregon, New Mexico and Stanford were all separated by two points, with Arkansas and Georgia not too far behind.
When all was said and done in Eugene, Oregon, the Cardinal put down roots on the podium and on top of the Program of the Year standings. Stanford finished a close third behind Southern California and Georgia at Historic Hayward Field, which gave them two fewer points than the fifth-place Ducks and 14 fewer than the 17th-place Lobos.
The Cardinal vaulted over Oregon for the honor, while New Mexico slid to fifth in the final standings. Georgia and Arkansas finished third and fourth, respectively.