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NCAA DI Program of the Year

USTFCCCA NCAA DI Program of the Year – 2022 Final Update

NEW ORLEANS – It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.

Unwavering consistency will be rewarded.

Both of those statements proved true as Texas’ men and Arkansas’ women were named the John McDonnell Men’s Program of the Year and the Terry Crawford Women’s Program of the Year, respectively, for their efforts during the 2021-22 academic year. This is the first time in program history that the Longhorns have earned this prestigious award, while the Razorbacks finally crested the standings after finishing second three times.

USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings – Final Update

Men’s Program
POY Points
Women’s Program
POY Points
Texas
17
Arkansas
18
Stanford
25
BYU
19.5
Northern Arizona
28.5
Colorado
25.5
Arkansas
34.5
NC State
27.5
Princeton
35.5
Ole Miss
36

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

Texas knew it just had to bide its time.

After all, the Longhorns didn’t sweat a 14th-place finish at the NCAA DI Cross Country Championships last November, because they knew they’d shine on the track. That’s what a program, worthy of being named the John McDonnell Program of the Year, does.

Texas won the national indoor title – its first in program history – with a dominant effort in Birmingham, Alabama. Then, the Longhorns turned their attention outdoors and finished runner-up to Florida in a hotly-contested battle at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. All told, that gave Texas 17 POY points using the above formula.

Stanford took runner-up honors with 25 POY points, behind a pair of top-10 finishes in cross country (fifth) and outdoor track & field (eighth), as well as a 12th-place finish indoors. This is the fifth time in program history that the Cardinal has finished among the top-3 programs for this award, which included taking home the hardware in 2019.

Cross country champion Northern Arizona ended up third in the standings with 28.5 POY points. The Lumberjacks owned a six-point lead in the race to be named John McDonnell Program of the Year after two Championships, but faded following a 23rd-place tie outdoors. This is the second time in program history that NAU has finished among the top-3 programs.

Three-time winner Arkansas was fourth with 34.5 POY points with Princeton not too far behind in fifth with 35.5 POY points. Both the Razorbacks and the Tigers had a pair of top-10 finishes this year at the NCAA Championships: Arkansas was fourth in cross country and seventh indoors; Princeton tied for fifth indoors and placed seventh outdoors.

Women’s Story

Only two women’s programs earned three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships during the 2021-22 academic year: Arkansas and BYU. It’s only right that both of those programs were at the top of the standings to be named Terry Crawford Women’s Program of the Year.

However, the Razorbacks fared better in track & field with a fourth-place finish indoors and a sixth-place finish outdoors, which countered a runner-up effort by the Cougars in cross country (BYU was eighth indoors and tied for ninth outdoors). All told, Arkansas finished with 18 POY points with 2021 honoree BYU a close second with 19.5 POY points.

Colorado earned two top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships with a fourth-place effort in cross country and tied for ninth outdoors. The Buffaloes also tied for 11th indoors with three other teams, which brought them to 25.5 POY points. This is the first time Colorado finished among the top-3 programs for this award since 2017.

Cross country champion NC State, which was tied with BYU after two Championships at 10 POY points each, ended up fourth. The Wolfpack tied for 17th place outdoors.

Ole Miss held steady in fifth place, the same spot it sat in the Mid-Year Update. The Rebels were tenth in cross country and tied for sixth indoors before tying for 19th place outdoors.