Saint women's cross country, track and field 5th in Program of Year competition
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 8:21 am

St. Lawrence University's women's cross country and indoor track and field teams have combined for their loftiest ranking in the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Deb Vercauteren Women's Division III Program of the Year standings.

The Program of the Year rankings are based on finish in the NCAA Division III cross country, indoor track and field championships and outdoor track and field championships. With two thirds of the competition for the year completed, the Saints are tied for fifth with Middlebury College among 17 ranked programs who have placed in both championships. Teams need to qualify for each of the NCAA championships to be eligible for the award.

The Saints were seventh in the cross country championships and finished tied for 19th in the indoor track championships to earn 26.5 points in a competition in which lowest score wins.

Wartburg College, second in the cross country championship and fourth in indoor track, leads with six points. Williams (second and seventh) is second with 11 with MIT (sixth and tied for 13th) third with 19.5, Johns Hopkins (1st and tied for 21st) fourth with 22.5 and Middlebury (11th and tied for 15th) tied with the Saints for fifth with 26.5 Wisconsin LaCrosse is seventh with 28 points followed by UW-Oshkosh with 30, Illinois Wesleyan with 41 and Emory with 41.5 points in the top ten.

Other New York State teams in the competition include SUNY Geneseo at 14th and Ithaca College, which is tied for 17th.