SEATTLE – The Husky men’s track & field and cross country program achieved its best-ever finish in the USTFCCCA John McDonnell Program of the Year final standings, as Washington placed third overall, just narrowly missing out on the No. 1 spot. The UW women’s program finished 13th in the Terry Crawford Program of the Year ranks.
Washington is one of only 11 schools to have both its men’s and women’s teams qualify for the rankings.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year 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 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 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 winner.
The men were 14th in the fall at NCAA Cross Country, then a program-best 4th at NCAA Indoors, and 9th at NCAA Outdoors, their first top-10 outdoors since 1979. That gave the UW men a total of 27 points, just one point behind No. 2 Arkansas (26) and 1.5 points behind No. 1 BYU (25.5). Oklahoma State was fourth with 36.5 points and Texas and Wisconsin tied for fifth (37.5).
This is the highest finish ever for the men—the rankings began in 2008-09—surpassing a fourth-place finish in the 2015-16 year. Last year, the men finished seventh overall.
The women’s team placed 17th at the cross country championships in the fall, then followed that up with a tie for 24th indoors, and then a tie for 29th outdoors. That made for a 13th-place overall finish. The women last qualified for the year-end rankings in 2020-21, when they were ninth.