Award History
NCAA DII Program of the Year

2022 USTFCCCA NCAA DII Program of the Year Standings – Final Update

NEW ORLEANS – Get the brooms out. It was a sweep of this year’s awards.

Grand Valley State’s men and women were named the Damon Martin Men’s Program of the Year and the Jerry Baltes Women’s Program of the Year, respectively, for the 2021-22 academic year. The Laker men claimed its third consecutive honor, while the Laker women captured the program’s eighth award.

This is the second time in award history a NCAA DII school captured both Program of the Year honors in the same year. Adams State first accomplished the feat in 2013-14.

USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings – Final Update

Men’s Program
POY Points
 
Women’s Program
POY Points
Grand Valley State
5
 
Grand Valley State
6
Adams State
18
 
Adams State
13.5
Pittsburg State
19
 
West Texas A&M
17.5
Colorado School of Mines
27.5
 
Queens (N.C.)
27
West Texas A&M
28
 
Academy of Art
31

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

Grand Valley State ran away from the rest of the field to capture the Damon Martin Men’s Program of the Year award with five POY points. The Lakers landed on the podium three different times, first capturing two national titles in cross country and indoors before wrapping up the year with a third-place finish outdoors. This is GVSU’s third-straight honor after winning in 2018 and 2019, which was the last time the award was given out. 

Adams State finished second with 18 POY points. The Grizzlies finished second during the cross country season and placed ninth indoors, while concluding the year with a sixth-place showing outdoors. This is the third consecutive time Adams State finished second in the final standings.

Pittsburg State totaled 19 POY points for third-place. The Gorillas were 15th in cross country and had a strong push at the end, finishing third indoors and winning the program’s first outdoor national title. This is the first top-3 finish for Pittsburg State since finishing second in 2010.

Colorado School of Mines ended up in fourth with 27.5 POY points, just a half a point ahead of fifth-place West Texas A&M with 28 POY points. The Orediggers earned two top-10 finishes during the season, placing third in cross country and ninth outdoors. The Buffs closed the year strong with a fourth-place finish indoors before earning runner-up honors outdoors. Colorado School of Mines is back in the top-5 for the first time since 2018, with West Texas A&M making its first top-5 appearance since 2016.

Women’s Story

Grand Valley State captured the Jerry Baltes Women’s Program of the Year award with just six POY points. The Lakers captured three runner-up finishes in cross country, indoors and outdoors. This is GVSU’s eighth Program of the Year award and first since 2017.

Adams State, who last won in 2018 and 2019, finished second. After winning a national title in cross country and finishing fifth indoors, the Grizzlies wrapped up the year with a seventh-place finish at the outdoor championships. This puts Adams State’s total at 13.5 POY points.

West Texas A&M closed the year strong to finish third with 17.5 POY points. The Lady Buffs got better throughout each season, first placing 13th in cross country before landing on the podium for two straight seasons. That includes their third-place indoor finish and a national title outdoors. This is West Texas A&M’s first top-3 finish.

Queens (N.C.) and Academy of Art, which both had at least one top-10 finish this year, were fourth and fifth, respectively. The Royals netted 27 POY points behind the strength of their sixth-place showing in cross country. The Urban Knights had 31 POY points after finishing seventh indoors and fourth outdoors. This is Queens (N.C.)’s first top-5 finish since finishing fifth in 2016, while Academy of Art is making its first top-5 appearance in program history.