USU Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Program Finishes 10th Nationally

USU Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Program Finishes 10th Nationally

LOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, Utah State’s men’s track and field/cross country program finished 10th nationally in this year’s NCAA Division I men’s program of the year standings per information released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Utah State and Colorado State, the two Mountain West programs in contention for this award each finished with 76 points while the Rams were ranked ninth nationally.

BYU was just behind Utah State, finishing 11th with 78.5 points. The Aggies were bolstered by their 27th place finish in the men’s cross country championships last fall at Louisville, Ky.

Additionally, during the NCAA Indoor Track Championships at College Station, Texas, the Aggies’ men tied for 28th in the standings, representing their best finish since 1977 when they tied for 21st nationally.

The Aggies were bolstered by the strong performances of distance-runner Dillon Maggard and javelin thrower Sindri Gudmundsson to have such stellar showings on the season.

Alabama was named as the John McConnell Men’s Division I program of the year, netting 28.5 points. Stanford was named as the Terry Crawford Women’s Division I program of the year, posting 15 points.

For programs to be eligible for the Program of the Year award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA championships (cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field). Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA championship while the lowest total score for all three championships determines the winner.