Men Finish Seventh In Program Of Year Rankings
SEATTLE -- Behind a trio of Top-25 finishes, the Husky men's track and field and cross country program finished seventh in the USTFCCCA John McDonnell Program of the Year standings. It's the first time qualifying for the rankings since 2018 for the men, and their best finish since 2015-16.
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.
Washington opened the academic year back in the fall with a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Fla., led by an All-America effort from Brian Fay. During the winter, the Huskies tied for 21st at NCAA Indoors in Birmingham, Ala. as Jayden White finished fourth in the weight throw, Fay took sixth in the 5k and the men's DMR finished seventh. Last week in Eugene, the men had their best team finish since 1979, tying for 12th overall, with five First Team All-America finishes from Joe Waskom, Luke Houser, Nathan Green, Fay, and Elijah Mason. Waskom won the NCAA title at 1,500-meters.
Washington's last top-10 finish in the Program of the Year rankings came in 2015-16, when the Huskies finished fourth. UW also was fifth in 2009-10, and 10th in 2008-09.