2019 NCAA DIII Program of the Year Standings – Post-Indoor Update

NEW ORLEANS – If you’ve won a national title, chances are you’re going to be sitting pretty in the race for NCAA Division III Men’s & Women’s Program of the Year.

With two championships in the books – cross country and indoor track & field – those teams that stood on top of the podium at least once find themselves near the top of the standings for the Al Carius Program of the Year Award and the Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award.

NCAA Division III Program of the Year Standings – Post-Indoor Update

Men’s Team Pts Women’s Team Pts
1. North Central (Ill.) 2 1. Washington (Mo.) 3
2. UW-La Crosse 5.5 2. Williams 8
3. Washington (Mo.) 7.5 3. UW-Eau Claire 11.5
4. UW-Eau Claire 15 4. Brandeis 13.5
5. Amherst 19.5 5. MIT 14.5

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.

Men’s Story

North Central (Ill.) leads the race for the Al Carius Program of the Year Award after securing the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Cardinals, who already won the national title during the cross country season, ran away with the indoor team title this past weekend in Boston.

A pair of individual champions and a trio of runner-up finishes propelled North Central (Ill.) at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center. Dhruvil Patel led the way for the Cardinals with 18 points after winning the 5000 and finishing second in the 3000.

UW-La Crosse and Washington (Mo.) were strong foes at both of the national meets. The Eagles now have 5.5 points after finishing third in cross country and tying for second indoors, while the Bears now have 7.5 points after finishing runner-up in cross country and then tying for fifth place this past weekend.

UW-Eau Claire and Amherst round out the top-5 with 15 and 19.5 points, respectively.

Women’s Story

Washington (Mo.) finds itself in a great spot after two standout performances on the national level. Following a runner-up finish indoors, the Bears own a sizeable lead in the race for the Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award. That’s because WashU also won a cross country title. That gives the Bears 3 points using the formula.

It was this past weekend where WashU used a true team effort. Eka Jose was the only individual champion for the Bears, but they combined to score 40 points.

Indoor national champion Williams soared in the standings. The Ephs jumped from seventh place after cross country into sole possession of second place. Williams has 8 points using the formula.

It’s a tight battle between UW-Eau Claire (11.5), Brandeis (13.5) and MIT (14.5) for the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots. The Blugolds are two points clear of the Judges, while the Engineers are two points behind the former and just one point behind the latter.