June 16, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - With Top-20 finishes at all three NCAA Championships this season, the Husky men's track & field and cross country program finished fifth in the John McDonnell Program of the Year standings, it was announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The NCAA Division I John McDonnell Program of the Year standings measure the most outstanding NCAA Division I men's cross country/track & field program annually. The 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 Division I Championships.
The Terry Crawford Program of the Year standings are the women's version, and were released on Tuesday, with the Washington women coming in 15th overall.
It is a select number of programs capable of competing and scoring at all three NCAA Championship events. Only 17 men's teams as well as 17 women's teams achieved the feat. Washington is also one of just six programs in the nation to have both men's and women's teams place in the Program of the Year standings, joining Oregon, Florida State, Stanford, Ohio State, and BYU.
"This is a great honor for our student-athletes and coaching staff to have both our programs among this select group," said track & field and cross country head coach Greg Metcalf. "We aim to produce at every NCAA Championship meet and this shows that we are making progress towards that goal. To be in the top-five on the men's side is a great honor and we will return all our scorers, making next season especially exciting."
This is just the second year of the Program of the Year rankings. Last season the Husky men were 10th and the women were ninth. This year, the UW men finished 18th at NCAA Cross Country, then 20th at NCAA Indoor Track, capped off by a 15th-place finish at NCAA Outdoor track last week in Eugene. The 15th-place finish matched their best placing at NCAA Outdoor Track in 30 years.
The Husky women took third in the fall in Terre Haute at the cross country championships, and followed with a 28th-place finish indoors and a 66th-place finish at the outdoor meet.
Oregon won both men's and women's titles. The top-five on the men's side went Oregon, Arizona State, Northern Arizona, Florida State, and Washington.