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NAIA Program of the Year

2022 USTFCCCA NAIA Program of the Year Standings – Final Update

NEW ORLEANS – The 2021-22 NAIA Program of the Year winners were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Saint Mary (Kan.) earned its second-consecutive men’s honor, which is named after Jack Hazen, while St. Francis (Ill.) won its first-ever women’s award, named after Fred Beile.

The namesakes of these awards had legendary success at the NAIA level: the Hazen-led men at Malone University won four team titles at the NAIA Cross Country Championships, including three in a row from 2007 to 2009, as well as recording 35 top-10 NAIA national finishes; Beile guided Doane (Neb.)’s women to a pair of team titles at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, more than 250 All-America honors and numerous conference championships.

USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings – Final Update

Men’s Program
POY Points
 
Women’s Program
POY Points
Saint Mary (Kan.)
10
 
St. Francis (Ill.)
21
Indiana Wesleyan
15
 
Indiana Tech
23
Oklahoma City
27.5
 
Montana Tech
25
Dordt (Iowa)
30
 
Hastings (Neb.)
29
Montreat (N.C.)
44.5
 
Aquinas (Mich.)
29.5

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 NAIA Championships.

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

Men’s Story

Saint Mary (Kan.) earned men’s top honors with 10, followed by Indiana Wesleyan with 15 and Oklahoma City with 27.5 as the top-3 repeated their order of finish from last year. Rounding out the top 5 were Dordt (Iowa) with 30 points and Montreat (N.C.) with 44.5. 

The Spires were runners up in cross country before finishing fourth in both indoor and outdoor track & field. The Wildcats repeated as runner-up with third-place finishes in both cross country and indoors before taking ninth outdoors. The Stars won the indoor team title after finishing 10th in cross country and wrapped up the year with a tie for 15th place outdoors.

The Defenders were eighth in cross country and tied for 10th in both indoor and outdoor track & field, while the Cavaliers compiled finishes of 16th in cross country, a tie for 22nd indoors and sixth outdoors.

Women’s Story

The contest was much closer as first through fifth were separated by just 8.5 points.

St. Francis (Ill.) earned the proram’s first-ever POY award with 21 points as the Fighting Saints were runners up in cross country, seventh indoors and tied for 11th outdoors. Just two points from winning was Indiana Tech; the Warrors won the indoor title and were runners up outdoors after a 20th-place finish in the cross country championships in the fall.

Montana Tech was another two points back, compiling 25 points by finishing 11th in cross country, sixth indoors and eighth outdoors. 

Hastings (Neb.) and Aquinas (Mich.) rounded out the top-5 with 29 and 29.5 points, respectively. The Broncos were 19th in cross country, fourth indoors and sixth outdoors, while the Saints finished 10th in cross country, tied for 10th indoors and ninth outdoors.