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Calvin Finishes Ninth in Al Carius Program of the Year Award Standings

Monday, June 01, 2009

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United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Announcement

GRAND RAPIDS—Calvin College has finished in ninth place in the inaugural Al Carius Program of the Year Award standings.

The Al Carius Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division III menís 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 will be 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 Al Carius Program of the Year Award is named after USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and current North Central College long-time head coach Al Carius.  Carius is in his 43rd year of service at North Central and has won 19 NCAA Division III National Championships.

Calvin finished the 2008-09 academic year with 78 points, one point behind Ohio Northern and one point ahead of Augustana (Il.)

During the 2008-09 academic year, the Calvin menís cross country team took fifth at the NCAA III Championships. The Calvin menís track and field team then placed 32nd at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships and 36th at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh is the winner of the inaugural Al Carius Program of the Year Award as the Titans finished with 11.5 points, one point ahead of second place Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

 

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