June 4, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the most successful season the Florida State women’s track and field team has experienced nearing the end, the Seminoles have learned they are in the lead to win another trophy, the NCAA Division I Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award. Not leaving all the glory to the women, the men’s team is also in the running for a post season honor, the NCAA Division I John McDonnell Program of the Year Award, as it is tied with Minnesota for third place.
“It’s real exciting to be in the lead for the first-ever Program of the Year Award and it puts added significance to our battle with Oregon for the NCAA Outdoor National Championship,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It was always our goal to have the best all-around program in the country and we’re now really close to realizing that goal.”
The award is given annually by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to honor exceptional programs. In order to be eligible to, a program must have achieved the most success in each academic year (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field seasons) and is based on the finish at the NCAA Division I Championships. A team is given points based on its finish at the three national meets and the program with the fewest points wins.
The women’s team, already winning the coveted Triple Crown with titles in the ACC cross country meet as well as indoor and outdoor championships, is expected to have a successful meet next week at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Seminoles set the competitive tone early in the year at the cross country championship where FSU earned third place and went on later in the year to take eighth place at the indoor national meet. For their finishes, the Garnet and Gold was awarded 11 points in the standings for the post season award with Oregon in a close second with 11.5 points.
As for the men, the Seminoles were awarded 26.5 points for their 26th place finish at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Nationals and three points for their finish at the indoor national championship where FSU earned third place, bringing the total to 29.5 points in the standings. Oregon currently tops the list with 2 points as Stanford is second with 14 points.