Stanford Men, Oregon Women Named NCAA DI Programs of the Year

NEW ORLEANS – Consistency was rewarded on Wednesday as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) revealed its NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Programs of the Year.

Stanford was named the John McDonnell Men’s Program of the Year for the first time. The Cardinal had finished in the top-3 on four different occasions – including runner-up finishes at the conclusion of the 2008-09 and 2010-11 academic years – before earning this nod.

Oregon was named the Terry Crawford Women’s Program of the Year for the 10th time in the 11-year history of the award. The only other time the Ducks did not win this honor, which was last year, they finished second in the standings.

Coaches from both programs will be honored at the 2019 USTFCCCA Convention in December, which will be held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida.

Final NCAA Division I Program of the Year Standings
Men’s Team Pts Women’s Team Pts
1. Stanford 14.5 1. Oregon 11
2. BYU 24 2. New Mexico 15
3. Wisconsin 32 3. Arkansas 16
4. Oregon 46 4. Florida 28
5. Texas 50 5. Stanford 29
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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.

Stanford’s men never finished outside of the top-5 at any of the three NCAA Championships during the 2018-19 academic year.

The Cardinal started things off with a fifth-place finish during the cross country season, ended up on the podium during the indoor season and then finished just one-half point from one of the top-4 spots at the outdoor meet this past weekend in Austin, Texas. That gave Stanford a total of 14.5 points – and the top spot – in the Program of the Year standings.

BYU finished a distant second to Stanford with 24 points for its best finish in award history, while Wisconsin (32), Oregon (46) and Texas (50) rounded out the top-5. This was the second time that the Badgers finished in the top-3 in award history.

Oregon’s women had six total points in the Program of the Year standings entering the outdoor championships after finishing third in both cross country and indoor track & field.

The Ducks held strong at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium this past weekend as they fought for a fifth-place finish. Oregon received big points in the Lone Star State from Carmela Cardama-Baez (10,000 meters) and Jessica Hull (1500 meters), who both finished runner-up in their respective individual events.

That was enough to give the Ducks 11 points in the Program of the Year standings, four fewer than runner-up New Mexico, which finishes in the top-3 for the first time in award history. Arkansas finished third after winning national titles indoors and outdoors for its sixth top-3 finish in the past seven years, while Florida and Stanford rounded out the top-5.