Mar 21, 2014 9:00 PM by Jordan Mason
NEW ORLEANS, La. - As the outdoor track and field season begins, the Air Force men are currently ranked 19th in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's NCAA Division I John McDonnell Program of the Year standings, the USTFCCCA announced Friday.
It is the first time that Air Force has been listed in the Program of the Year standings, which recognizes team finishes at the NCAA Championship meets for cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.
After two of three national championship meets this season, the men are ranked 19th with 79 total points. Contributing to the Falcons' score are 20 points from the cross country team's 20th-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships and 59 points from junior Joey Uhle's seventh-place finish in the pole vault at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships that resulted in Air Force finishing the meet in a seven-way tie for 56th.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year award is awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country and track and field programs in each NCAA division and for each gender. The award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field) based on the institutions finish at the NCAA Championships.
In order to be eligible for the annual award, teams must qualify for each of the three NCAA Championships. Scoring is based on the team's finish at each national championship meet (1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, etc.) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the award winner. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.
Following a fifth-place cross country finish and the team title at the indoor track and field championships, Oregon currently leads the John McDonnell Program of the Year standings with six points.