Grand Valley State Men, Adams State Women Named NCAA DII Programs of Year

NEW ORLEANS – The Grand Valley State men and women from Adams State took home the highly-regarded Program of the Year awards that were handed out by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday, following the conclusion of the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season.

The Lakers captured their second straight Damon Martin Division II Men’s Program of the Year award as they are still the only program other than Adams State to win the award since its inception during the 2008-09 season. The Grizzlies were the recipients of the Jerry Baltes Division II Women’s Program of the Year, their second consecutive award and third overall in program history.

The coaching staffs from both Grand Valley State and Adams State will be honored in December at the annual USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Final NCAA Division II Program of the Year Standings
Men’s Team Pts Women’s Team Pts
1. Grand Valley State 9 1. Adams State 6*
2. Adams State 13.5 1. Grand Valley State 6
3. Queens (N.C.) 37.5 3. Alaska Anchorage 17
4. CSU-Pueblo 38.5 4. Pittsburg State 27
5. Western Colorado 40 5. UC-Colorado Springs 37.5
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The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs in each of the NCAA’s three divisions, the NAIA and for each gender in those levels. The 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 or NAIA Championships.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA or NAIA Championships. Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA or NAIA 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 recipient. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.

It was quite the battle on the women’s side this year as Adams State and Grand Valley State tied atop the standings with six points apiece, something that hasn’t happened for a Program of the Year award across all divisions since 2016 (NAIA). The tiebreaker comes down to the best head-to-head finish between the two teams at the three national meets (cross country, indoor and outdoor), which gave Adams State the edge as they won the tiebreaker 2-1 with better team finishes indoors and outdoors. The Grizzlies won the national championship at indoors, finished second overall at outdoors and placed third in cross country, compared to the Lakers’ national title in cross country, second-place finish at indoors and third-place showing at outdoors.

It was the first time in NCAA DII history that two teams finished the year tied atop the standings.

A tiebreaker wasn’t needed on the men’s side, as GVSU topped the standings by a 4.5-point margin. The Lakers won a national title in cross country and placed fourth at both the indoor and outdoor championships.

The top-5 of the men’s side was rounded out by Adams State (13.5 points), Queens (N.C.) (37.5 points), CSU-Pueblo (38.5 points) and Western Colorado (40 points).

The top-5 on the women’s side was rounded out by Alaska Anchorage (17 points), Pittsburgh State (27 ) and UC-Colorado Springs (37.5).