March 16, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s track & field program is currently in eighth place in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award standings. The announcement was made on the Tuesday following the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships where the Hoyas finished ninth with 21 points and won the third NCAA distance medley relay (DMR) title in school history. It was the best GU finish since 1998 when the Hoyas were tied for third and the fifth top-10 finish in program history.
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. Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA championship in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field, with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the award recipient.
Of the 19 schools eligible following the women’s cross country and indoor seasons, Georgetown is in eighth place with 29 points, following a 20th-place showing at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Oregon leads the way with four points, followed by Arkansas (11), Michigan (12), Notre Dame (13), Oklahoma State (17.5), Washington (23), NC State (23.5), Georgetown (29), Stanford (30) and New Mexico (31.5) for the top 10.
The Hoyas are one of two BIG EAST schools in the mix as Villanova comes in at No. 15 with 57 combined points (30 XC / 25 IT&F).
The Pac-12 and the Big 12 lead the way with four schools apiece in the running for Program of the Year, followed by the BIG EAST, ACC, Big Ten and SEC with two each, and the Mountain West Conference, West Coast Conference and the Ivy League each with one school in the hunt.
The Hoyas open the outdoor track & field season on Friday, April 1 as they travel to Williamsburg, Va., for the Colonial Relays.