Men's Track & Field finishes third for John McDonnell Program of the Year award
June 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The University of Texas Men's Track & Field program ranked third for the USTFCCCA's John McDonnell Men's Program of the Year award for the 2011-12 academic year, the coaches association announced Tuesday.
The award is presented annually to the NCAA's most outstanding Division I men's cross country/track & field program based on the institution's finish at the NCAA Division I Championships.
Texas records its second-straight top-ten finish in the award standings after ranking ninth in 2010-11. The Longhorns' finished 11th in Cross Country, seventh in Indoor Track & Field and ninth in Outdoor Track & Field, totaling 27.5 points. Their final tally was a narrow third only to Indiana (26) and Florida State (25).
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.
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.
John McDonnell Men's Program of the Year Award Standings