Track Named One Of NCAA's Top-10 Programs
June 19, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - The Washington track & field squads were bestowed with a new and distinguished honor today, as the inaugural Program of the Year standings were announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Husky women's program finished ninth in the 2008-09 rankings while the men finished 10th.
The men's Program of the Year Award is named in honor of former Arkansas coach John McDonnell, while the women's moniker is the Terry Crawford Award after current Cal Poly coach. This is the first year for both awards.
Each award is similar in principle to the NACDA Director's Cup, which measures the overall success of athletic departments. The USTFCCCA Program of the Year awards honor the cross country/track & field program 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.
Washington is one of just six schools in the nation that put both its men's and women's teams in the Top-10. Oregon won both overall titles, and the four other dual Top-10 teams were Stanford, Florida State, Minnesota, and Arkansas.
'This is a great award and a testament to all of our coaches and the job that they do here at Washington,' said head track & field/cross country coach Greg Metcalf. 'We are always striving to be a complete program, and this season we had All-Americans in the throws, sprints, vault, mid-distances, long distances, and the multis.'
The Washington women were the national champions at NCAA Cross Country in the fall, then tied for 35th place at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships in March and then placed 19th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last week in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The men started with an 18th-place showing at cross country, then were 33rd indoors and tied for 20th at the outdoor championships.
Teams must place at the NCAA Cross Country meet or score at the NCAA Track meets to qualify for the rankings. Only 18 women's teams and 16 men's teams even fit the bill.
NCAA Division I Terry Crawford Program of the Year Standings (Women)
2. Florida State
3. Arizona State
7. Texas Tech
10 (tie). Arkansas
10 (tie). Stanford
NCAA Division I John McDonnell Program of the Year Standings (Men)
3. Florida State
4. Texas A&M