Men's Cross Country/Track And Field Finishes As National Runner-Up For The Inaugural John McDonnell Award

June 18, 2009

New Orleans - The Stanford men's cross country and track and field program was named the national runner-up for the John McDonnell award, given to the top program in the nation. The inaugural award was given based on the top national finishes in cross country and track.

Oregon won the inaugural NCAA Division I John McDonnell Program of the Year Award as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Thursday.

Stanford, which posted top ten finishes at the cross country national championships (third), and the outdoor track and field national championships (seventh), finished second in the final standings with 21 points.

Following Stanford in third place was Florida State with 32.5 points. The Seminoles finished the track and field season with back-to-back top five finishes at the indoor track and field championships (third) and outdoor track and field championships (second).

The NCAA Division I John McDonnell Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division I men's cross country/track & field program. 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.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for the NCAA Championships. Scoring is based on the team's finish at each NCAA Division I 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 recipient.

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