Alabama 13th in John McDonnell Program of the Year Award Standings
The men's cross country squad posted a top-10 finish this season.

The men's cross country squad posted a top-10 finish this season.

June 5, 2009

NEW ORLEANS, La. -

The NCAA Division I John McDonnell Program of the Year Award standings were released on Thursday with the Alabama men’s cross country and track and field program in 13th heading into the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

“One great thing about why the award is named after John McDonnell is that he is one of two coaches who has won the triple crown in our sport [cross country, indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships in one year],” head coach Harvey Glance said. “We’ve always tried to focus on all three sports unlike some programs that don’t do one of those and we do that with 12 scholarships.”

The NCAA Division I John McDonnell Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division I men’s cross country/track & field program.  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 Division I Championships.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for 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 given by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Crimson Tide has earned 54 points by virtue of a tie for 10th place (10.5 points) and a tie for 41st (43.5 points) in the cross country and indoor track & field National Championships.

Oregon has earned two points towards the award standings (one point apiece for each championship title) giving the Ducks a sizeable 12 point margin over Stanford, currently in second, in the standings. That means Oregon will need a finish of 12th place or better at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in order to clinch the John McDonnell Program of the Year Award.

“Its great to hear, but its more importantly, great to see that we’re one of the best programs from top to bottom,” Glance said. “I know after this meet we’ll have a better idea of where we stand, but I’m sure we’ll be a top 15 program. To be the 13th best all-around program right now is truly remarkable. When I talk to Mal Moore, that’s what we want so it’s great to have that. It was a pleasant surprise and hopefully we can continue to build on that.”

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.

The John McDonnell Program of the Year Award Standings: 

Rankings	Institution	XC Finish	Points Awarded	Indoor Finish	Points Awarded	Total Points
1	Oregon		1		1		1		1		2
2	Stanford		3		3		11		11		14
3	Florida State	26 (tie)		26.5		3		3		29.5
3	Minnesota		15		15		14 (tie)		14.5		29.5
5	California	22		22		12		12		34
5	Wisconsin		4		4		29 (tie)		30		34
7	Arkansas		28		28		8		8		36
8	Texas A&M		30		30		9		9		39
9	Providence	20		20		27 (tie)		27.5		47.5
10	Auburn		5		5		41 (tie)		43.5		48.5
11	BYU		9		9		41 (tie)		43.5		52.5
12	Washington	18		18		33 (tie)		35		53
13	Alabama		10 (tie)		10.5		41 (tie)		43.5		54
14	Michigan		24		24		32		32		56
15	Virginia		14		14		47 (tie)		49.5		63.5
16	Penn State	25		25		39 (tie)		39.5		64.5
17	Georgetown	10 (tie)		10.5		59 (tie)		62.5		73
18	Tulsa		13		13		59 (tie)		62.5		75.5
19	UCLA		26 (tie)		26.5		47 (tie)		49.5		76
20	Notre Dame	19		19		59 (tie)		62.5		81.5