NEW ORLEANS -- The Bates College men's cross country and track and field program tied for ninth place in the scoring for the 2013-14 USTFCCCA Program of the Year award, Bates' third straight Top 10 finish.
The award, announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, is given to the institution that had the best combined team finishes in each of the NCAA's cross country and track field championships in an academic year. Bates is one of 15 programs in Division III that scored in all three NCAA Championships.
Last year Bates tied with Haverford for fourth place in the Program of the Year standings, and the Bobcats had sole possession of fourth place in the 2011-12 rankings.
The formula for the award is simple: each team's NCAA finish is added up, with the lowest number taking first place. This year, Wisconsin-La Crosse repeated atop the rankings after placing third in Division III in cross country, first in indoor track and second in outdoor track, for a total of six points. North Central (Ill.) was the repeat runner-up with 12, followed by Wisconsin-Oshkosh with 19, Wisconsin-Eau Claire with 21, Haverford (33), St. Olaf (51.5), Tufts (54.5), Jons Hopkins (57.5). Bates and Central (Iowa) College rounded out the top 10 with 70 points apiece. Tufts ended Bates' two-year run as the top New England team in the standings.
Bates finished 25th at the 2013 cross country nationals, 15th at indoor nationals and 26th at outdoor nationals, which took place two weeks ago at Ohio Wesleyan University.
USTFCCA Division III Program of the Year Standings
May 20, 2014 Enos named New England Field Athlete of the Year
May 18, 2014 Men's track sending 4 athletes to NCAAs for 6 events
May 16, 2014 Ten Bobcats named NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship
May 10, 2014 Men's track finishes action at Open New Englands
May 9, 2014 Enos leads men's track at Open New Englands
April 29, 2014 Men’s track earns eight All-NESCAC honors
April 26, 2014 Enos, McKallagat lead men's track to third place at NESCACs
April 19, 2014 Men's track captures 12th state outdoor title in 13 years
April 14, 2014 Enos named NESCAC, ECAC Field Performer of the Week
April 12, 2014 Men's track a strong second in home meet vs. MIT, Colby, USM
April 7, 2014 Wisener named NESCAC, ECAC Performer of the Week
April 5, 2014 Wisener breaks Bates' pole vault record at UNH meet
March 15, 2014 Enos is national runner-up in shot put as NCAA's conclude
March 7, 2014 Enos wins shot put crown on Day 1 of ECACs
February 28, 2014 Enos wins weight throw title at Open New Englands
February 22, 2014 Men's track places third at New England Div. III Championships
February 15, 2014 Throwers, McKallagat, Wisener head men's track at Tufts
February 8, 2014 McCauley breaks men's track's 1,000-meter record at BU
February 7, 2014 Men's track breaks distance medley relay record at BU
February 5, 2014 Margitza profiled in hometown Morning Sentinel
February 1, 2014 Men's track and field wins Maine state title
January 25, 2014 Men's track runners chalk up lifetime bests at BU
January 21, 2014 Enos earns USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors
January 18, 2014 Men's track tops all visitors but Maine in Bates Invitational
January 11, 2014 Men's indoor track wins four events vs. MIT, Colby
January 9, 2014 Men’s and women’s indoor track season starts Saturday