The University of Alabama men's track and field and cross country program finished the 2010-11 season ranked 10th in the John McDonnell Program of the Year standings, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday.
The John McDonnell Program of the Year award is designed to honor the program that has achieved the most success each year based on the team's finish at the NCAA cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field championships. Florida State won the award this season with three top-five finishes. Arkansas was the only other Southeastern Conference program to rank in the top 15, coming in at seventh.
The Crimson Tide started out the season with an 11th-place finish at the cross country championships and followed that up with a 22nd-place showing at the indoor track and field championships. Last weekend, UA came in 25th at the outdoor championships to lock up 10th in the McDonnell Award standings.
Since the award was established in 2008-09, UA has finished no lower than 12th in the standings and achieved a seventh-place finish last season.
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 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. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.
2010-11 John McDonnell Program of the Year Standings
1. Florida State
11. Penn State
12. Northern Arizona
14. New Mexico