The Shippensburg University track & field/cross country teams each finished the season ranked among the Top 14 programs in the nation per the final edition of the 2018-19 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Program of the Year standings released Thursday afternoon.

Shippensburg’s men’s track & field/cross country program finished the year ranked 11th in Division II, while the women’s track & field/cross country program finished 14th.

It is the fifth time in the last six years that the SU men’s program finished among the nation’s Top 12. Overall, the Raider men’s and women’s teams have been ranked among the nation’s Top 20 programs eight times in the 11-year history of the award.

The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs in each of the NCAA’s three divisions, the NAIA and for each gender in those levels. 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 or NAIA Championships.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA or NAIA Championships. Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA or NAIA 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.


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