Men's Cross Country/Track & Field Named One of Top Programs in the Nation
The Princeton men's track & field team has been named one of the top programs in the nation it was announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday, June 12.
Princeton is No. 13 in the final standings of the McDonnell Program of the Year Awards list. The Tigers were No. 19 in the nation in cross country, 45th in indoor and 27th in outdoor.
The Tigers earned their second straight triple crown, winning every Heps title the last two years. Eight All-America awards were presented to members of the teams, with 35 earning the title of Ivy League champion or runners-up.
About The John McDonnell Program of the Year
The John McDonnell Program of the Year Award is named after USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and former Arkansas head coach John McDonnell. McDonnell’s Arkansas teams won a combined 40 National Championships and finished in the top ten in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field in 24 of his 36 seasons in Fayetteville. Five of his teams won the NCAA Triple Crown.
The NCAA Division I Program of the Year Awards are awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs. The 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 Division I 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 Division I Championship in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field (i.e. 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, 31st = 31 points) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the award recipient. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.