NEW ORLEANS – The Oregon men’s and women’s track and field teams both received program of the year honors as announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
Winning the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field team title in front of the home crowd at Hayward Field not only snapped the Oregon men’s 30-year national title drought, but it also clinched the Ducks their first John McDonnell Division I Men’s Program of the Year Award since 2010.
A pair of national team titles in track & field, along with a top-five showing during the cross country season, earned the Oregon men their third Program of the Year award.
The honor for the Duck Men breaks a tie with Florida State for the most award wins since it was introduced in 2008-09.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Oregon women have claimed the Terry Crawford Division I Women’s Program of the Year Award.
Fresh off a third-place finish in front of the home crowd at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Ducks will keep the Program of the Year trophy in Eugene for a sixth straight year since its inception during the 2008-09 season.
Oregon’s 18 points in the final Program of the Year standings were well clear of the runner-up 29½ points posted by Pac-12 rival Stanford, which just barely edged out third-place Arkansas at 30 points.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs in each of the NCAA’s three divisions for each gender.
In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA Championships. Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA Championship in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track & field (i.e. 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, etc.) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the award recipient. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.