Orlando, Fla., Dec. 20, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis cross country and track & field program was awarded the Deb Vercauteren Women's Program of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the fourth year in a row Tuesday at the 2019 USTFCCAA Convention in Orlando.
Assistant coach Kelli Blake accepted the award on the behalf of the program. WashU is the first NCAA Division III school to win the award four years in a row.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award honors the institution that achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons) bases 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 and outdoor track & field (i.e. 1st=1 point, 2nd=2 points, etc.) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the winner.
The WashU women's program earned the award with five points after winning the 2018 cross country national championship while placing second in both the 2019 indoor and outdoor track & field national championships.