Award History
NCAA DIII Program of the Year

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

NEW ORLEANS – Consistency pays off.

MIT’s men and Johns Hopkins’ women, which combined for five podium finishes at the NCAA DIII Championships during the 2021-22 academic year, were named the Al Carius Men’s Program of the Year and the Deb Vercauteren Women’s Program of the Year, respectively. This is the first time in program history that either the Engineers or the Blue Jays earned this honor.

USTFCCCA Program of the Year Standings – Final Update

Men’s Program
POY Points
Women’s Program
POY Points
MIT
12.5
Johns Hopkins
8.5
John Carroll
13.5
Washington (Mo.)
13.5
Williams
18
UW-La Crosse
15
UW-Eau Claire
27.5
SUNY Geneseo
17.5
Washington (Mo.)
28.5
Wartburg
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 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

Only two different NCAA Division III men’s programs posted three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships during the 2021-22 academic year: John Carroll and MIT. It’s only right that the Blue Streaks and the Engineers were at the top of the final standings for the Al Carius Men’s Program of the Year honor, but when the dust settled following the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio, MIT did just enough to hold off John Carroll for the award.

The Engineers finished with 12.5 POY points following a runner-up showing in cross country, tying for sixth place at the NCAA Indoor Championships and then adding another podium finish just a few weeks ago in the Buckeye State. This was MIT’s first time being named the Al Carius Men’s Program of the Year and its first time ever finishing among the final top-3 programs..

Comparatively, the Blue Streaks totaled 13.5 POY points behind a fourth-place finish in cross country, tying for sixth place indoors with MIT and taking runner-up honors outdoors. This is the first time in program history that JCU has taken up residence among the final top-3 programs.

Williams led the race for this honor through two Championships – cross country and indoor track & field – but faded to third after an 11th-place finish outdoors. The Ephs, who are in the final top-3 for the first time in program history, amassed 18 POY points when that 11th-place finish is coupled with their back-to-back third-place efforts in cross country and indoor track & field.

UW-Eau Claire made a strong push at the end with back-to-back national titles indoors and outdoors to finish fourth with 27.5 POY points, while indoor co-champion Washington (Mo.) rounded out the top-5 with 28.5 POY points. Both the Blugolds and the Bears finished among the final top-3 programs the last time this honor was bestowed back in 2019.

Women’s Story

Johns Hopkins is no stranger to winning: a record-tying seven national titles in cross country shows that in spades. The Blue Jays, however, had never been named the Deb Vercauteren Women’s Program of the Year – until now.

Three podium finishes during the 2021-22 academic year propelled JHU to the top of the final standings. The Blue Jays won their seventh national title in cross country during the fall, were fourth indoors and tied for third outdoors to give them a total of 8.5 POY points.

Washington (Mo.), which won this honor four consecutive years from 2016 to 2019, ended up second this time. The Bears were the only other program with three top-5 finishes this year: a pair of fifth-place finishes in cross country and indoor track & field, as well as tying for third place outdoors. All told, that gave WashU 13.5 POY points.

UW-La Crosse sprinted down the homestretch to finish third in the final standings. This is the Eagles’ best finish in these standings since 2016, when they were second. UW-La Crosse was out of the top-10 during cross country, but doubled up on runner-up efforts in track & field.

SUNY Geneseo and Wartburg, which both had three top-10 finishes this year, were fourth and fifth, respectively. The Knights had 17.5 POY points thanks to its third-place finish in cross country, seventh-place showing indoors and tying for seventh outdoors. The Knights had 20 POY points with a fourth-place finish in cross country, sixth-place finish indoors and taking 10th outdoors.