USTFCCCA NAIA Program of the Year Standings – 2022 Mid-Year Update

NEW ORLEANS – Two down. One to go.

With two of the three NAIA Championships in the books – cross country and indoor track & field – it’s time to look at the standings for the newly-named Jack Hazen (Men’s) Program of the Year Award and the Fred Beile (Women’s) Program of the Year Award.

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 – Mid-Year Update

Men’s Program
POY Points
Women’s Program
POY Points
Indiana Wesleyan
6
St. Francis (Ill.)
9
Saint Mary (Kan.)
6
Taylor (Ind.)
14.5
Oklahoma City
11
Montana Tech
17
Milligan (Tenn.)
12
Aquinas (Mich.)
20.5
Huntington (Ind.)
18
Indiana Tech
21

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

Indiana Wesleyan and Saint Mary (Kan.) are tied for first with six POY points. The Wildcats, who won this award back in 2019, totaled their points thanks to a pair of third-place finishes in both cross country and indoor track & field, while the 2021 winner Spires took runner-up honors in cross country and recently placed fourth indoors.

Indoor champion Oklahoma City sits third with 11 POY points with cross-country champion Milligan (Tenn.) taking up residence in fourth with 12. The Stars and the Buffs are actually mirror images of each other, as they both finished 10th at different meets: Oklahoma City was in that position during the cross country season; Milligan (Tenn.) tied for that spot indoors.

Huntington (Ind.) rounds out the top-5 with 18 POY points.

Women’s Story

St. Francis (Ill.) headlines the race to be named Fred Beile Program of the Year. The Saints totaled nine POY points through the two championships thanks to a runner-up finish in cross country and a seventh-place effort during the indoor season.

Taylor (Ind.) sits second with 14.5 POY points. A fourth-place finish in cross country and a share of 10th place indoors put the Trojans in this position.

Montana Tech is third with 17 POY points. The Orediggers recently placed sixth indoors and notched an 11th-place finish in cross country.

Aquinas (Mich.) and indoor champion Indiana Tech round out the top-5 with 20.5 and 21 POY points, respectively. The Saints finished 10th in both cross country and indoors.