TUCSON –The University of Arizona Wildcat women's cross country and track and field program earned a runner-up finish in the Terry Crawford Women's Division I Program of the Year award. Oregon won the title for the fifth-straight year and the award has only been administered for five years. The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) announced the winner on Tuesday.
Oregon won with 5 points. Arizona had 20 (6 cross country points, 7.5 indoor points and 6.5 outdoor points) points in second place. Arkansas' 30 points were good for third place. Iowa State took fourth place with 33 points. Florida finished in fifth place with 47.5 points.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs in each of the NCAA's three divisions and for each gender. The 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 recipient. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.
At the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships, the women's team earned a sixth-place finish with junior Elvin Kibet and senior Jen Bergman earning All-America honors.
At the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, the women's team tied for seventh place. Senior Brigetta Barrett claimed the high jump title while senior Georganne Moline, senior Julie Labonté and junior Alyssa Hasslen all earned first-team All-America honors.
For the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the women's team tied for sixth place. Barrett claimed her sixth-straight title in the high jump, the women's lone champion. Moline earned a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles while clocking the No. 3 time in collegiate history, 53.72. Labonté earned first-team All-America honors in the shot put (fifth place) and discus (second place), the first Wildcat to do that since Carla Garrett in 1989. Bergman earned first-team All-America accolades in the 10,000-meter race. This is the second time that Arizona has earned a runner-up finish in the standings. The first time came in the 2010-11 year.
The men's program was not eligible since the men's cross country team did not qualify for the NCAA Championships. Arkansas won for the top men's program with 14 points.
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