USTFCCCA NAIA Program of the Year Standings – Mid-Year Update

NEW ORLEANS – Don’t look now, but the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are just three weeks away! The meet is scheduled for May 26-28 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

It’s the perfect time to check out the standings for the NAIA Men’s and Women’s Program of the Year Award, which we hand out each December at the annual USTFCCCA Convention!

USTFCCCA NAIA Program of the Year Standings – Mid-Year Update

Men’s Team
Points
Women’s Team
Points
Oklahoma City
7
Dordt (Iowa)
13
Indiana Wesleyan
11
Milligan (Tenn.)
17
Milligan (Tenn.)
11
Taylor (Ind.)
17
Dordt (Iowa)
15
Indiana Wesleyan
18
Saint Mary (Kan.)
15
Huntington (Ind.)
20

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

Oklahoma City leads the race for NAIA Men’s Program of the Year following a third-place finish at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March and a fourth-place effort at the NAIA Cross Country Championships in April. The Stars, who have seven total points, amassed 42 points indoors and finished just four points out of fourth place in cross country.

Indiana Wesleyan and Milligan (Tenn.) are tied for second with 11 points. The Wildcats were seventh in cross country and fourth indoors, while the Buffs were third and eighth, respectively.

Dordt (Iowa) and Saint Mary (Kan.) hold down fourth place together with 15 points apiece. The Defenders took runner-up honors at the indoor meet and were 13th in cross country, while the Spires were fifth in cross country and tenth indoors.

Women’s Story

Dordt (Iowa) leads the race for the NAIA Women’s Program of the Year following a fifth-place finish at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March and an eighth-place finish at the NAIA Cross Country Championships in April. The Defenders, who have 13 total points, were just one point from the podium indoors and 28 out of a top-5 effort in cross country.

Milligan (Tenn.) and Taylor (Ind.) are locked in a second-place tie with 17 points. The Buffs have been more steady with a seven-place effort in cross country and a tenth-place showing in the indoor season, while the Trojans ended up third in cross country and 14th indoors.

Indiana Wesleyan and Huntington (Ind.) round out the top-5 in fourth and fifth, respectively.