Women's track and cross country takes 12th place in final Division III Program of the Year standings

From left to right, Katie Barker, Elise Lambert and Ayden Eickhoff all helped the Bates women's track and cross country program place 12th in Division III in the 2018-19 USTFCCCA Program of the Year standings. (d3photography.com)

NEW ORLEANS -- Bates College women's cross country and track and field was one of 21 programs to earn a place in the final standings for the Deb Vercauteren USTFCCCA Division III Program of the Year Award, finishing in 12th place.

Only programs that scored points in all three applicable NCAA Division III Championships in the 2018-19 academic year are eligible for the honor.

Led by 14th-year head coach Jay Hartshorn, Bates finished 17th in the country at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November; took 13th place at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March; and tied for 33rd place at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May. Those three marks added up to 64.5 points, just two behind 11th-place Emory University and half a point ahead of 13th-place MIT. Washington University in St. Louis took first place.

Bates is one of three NESCAC programs included among the 21 in the final national standings, along with second-place Williams and ninth-place Middlebury.

Bates last appeared in the USTFCCCA Program of the Year standings in 2017, when the Bobcats finished in sixth place. 

USTFCCCA Program of the Year Final Standings