Men's Cross Country/Track & Field Finishes Second in Program of the Year Standings
St. Louis, Mo., June 16, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis men’s cross country and track & field programs capped off the best season in school history by placing second in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Al Carius Program of the Year standings, it was announced by the organization.
The Washington University men’s cross country team placed ninth at the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships in addition to capturing program-best finishes at the 2011 NCAA Division III Indoor (eighth) and Outdoor (fourth) Championships.
The NCAA Division III Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division III 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 & field, and outdoor track & field seasons) based on the institution’s finish at the NCAA Division III 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 Division III 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.
North Central College finished first in the Al Carius Program of the Year standings for the third-straight season, placing second at the cross country national championship while sweeping the indoor and outdoor track & field titles.
Washington University tallied 21 points to place second, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (25.5), the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (32.5) and Calvin College (36.5) rounded out the top five.
In addition to its all-time best performances on the national stage, the Washington University men’s cross country and track teams swept the three University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships for the first time in program history, and captured the UAA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field titles for the second year in a row.
Head Coach Jeff Stiles and his staff of full-time assistant coach Lane Lohr in addition to assistants Jamie Kootz, Ryan McDonald, Gena Melick, Alex Talkovsky, Aubrey Edwards-Luce, Zach Griffen and Danny Edwards Luce earned UAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year honors and UAA Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Coaching Staff of the Year accolades.
Individually, junior Dan Davis capped off an incredible junior campaign by winning the 110-meter hurdle national championship at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming just the third student-athlete in program history to capture an individual title. He was also the runner-up in the 55-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships and was named the UAA Most Outstanding Performer in the Running Events at the conference indoor championships.
Senior Ben Harmon was a three-time All-American, placing third in the decathlon at the outdoor championships and fourth in the pentathlon and eighth in the long jump at the indoor championships. He swept UAA Most Outstanding Performer in the Field events at the indoor and outdoor championships.