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Calvin Finishes Fifth in Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award Standings

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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USTFCCCA Announcement With Standings

Calvin College has finished in fifth place in the inaugural Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award standings as announced by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.

The NCAA Division III Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award is being awarded for the first time to the most outstanding NCAA Division III womenís cross country/track & field program.  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 institutionís finish at the NCAA Division III Championships.

In order to be eligible for the award teams must qualify for the NCAA Championships.  Scoring is based on the teamís 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.

The NCAA Division III Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award is named after USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and current Wisconsin-Oshkosh womenís head coach Deb Vercauteren.  Her Titans have won a combined 18 NCAA national titles and her student-athletes have combined to earn 347 All-American performances.  Vercauteren has won an impressive 36 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles (15 cross country, 11 indoors, and 10 outdoors).

Calvin finished the 2008-09 season with 26 points, trailing only Wisconsin-Oshkosh (23), Wisconsin-Eau Claire (16), Wisconsin-LaCrosse (13) and Wartburg (6).

During the 2008-09 academic year, the Calvin women’s cross country team placed second at the NCAA III Championships while the Calvin women’s track and field team placed seventh at the NCAA III Indoor Championships and 13th at the NCAA III Outdoor Championships.

Wartburg clinched the Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award title by winning the national title at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend. Also named the Knights, Wartburg also won the indoor national title in track and field while placing fourth at the cross country national meet.

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