Huskies Look For Second-Straight Top-10 POTY Finish
One side note to how the Huskies finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships next week is that as long as they score on both sides, both the men's and women's team should be in line for another impressive finish in the USTFCCCA Program Of The Year standings.
The awards, named for John McDonnell on the men's side and Terry Crawford on the women's side, are in their second year of existence, and average out a school's finish at the NCAA Championships in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track, to show which overall program earned the most distinction over the full year. The only requirement is competing and scoring at all three championship events; two out of three doesn't cut it.
Last year the UW women's program took ninth in the final standings. Right now they sit in 10th place following a 3rd-place finish in cross country and a 28th-place finish in indoor track. They are second among Pac-10 teams behind Oregon.
The Husky men are 12th overall heading to Eugene, following a 10th-place Program Of The Year finish in 2009. The men's cross country squad was 18th at nationals, followed by a 20th-place finish in indoor track. Oregon and Arizona State are the only Pac-10 teams ahead of the Dawgs.
New weekly outdoor rankings were also released by the USTFCCCA prior to next week's showdown at Oregon. The men's team moved up two more spots to 18th in the nation, boosted by PRs from James Alaka in the 200m, Zack Midles in the hammer, and Joe Zimmerman in the javelin. The women ticked up one spot to 41st as Mel Lawrence and Falesha Ankton made NCAAs with season-bests.
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