March 14, 2012
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Awards are given 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 and field, and outdoor track and field seasons, and is based on the institution's finish at the NCAA Championships for each of the three seasons.
In order to be eligible for the award, programs must have teams 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 and field, and outdoor track and 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.
The Washington State track and field program is led by Head Coach Rick Sloan in his 39th year with the program. The Cougars staff includes Associate Head Coach Debra Farwell, Cross Country Head Coach Pete Julian, Assistant Coaches Mark Macdonald, Ellannee Richardson and Matt McGee.
The Cougar men's cross country team finished 21st at the 2011 NCAA Championships and Stephan Scott-Ellis scored at the just held NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships to have a team score of 56th. Indiana leads the 23 men's teams in the Program of the Year March 14 progress report with fellow Pac-12 school Stanford second. Oregon is the women's team leader with conference members Stanford (5th), Washington (7th), Arizona (9th), California (10th), and Arizona State (19th) among the 20 women's teams in the progress report. For award consideration, only the outdoor track & field championships remain.
For a list of current standings and past winners go to http://www.ustfccca.org/ustfccca-awards/ustfccca-program-of-the-year.