Saints women's cross country sixth in program of the year rankings
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 8:23 am

St. Lawrence University's women's cross country and track and field programs rank sixth in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Program of the Year standings with just the outdoor season yet to go.

Teams qualify for the Program of the Year award through participation and scoring in the national championships. Only those teams which make all three NCAA championships in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field are eligible for the award, which for women is the Deb Vercauteren Award.

"The Deb Vercauteren award is a true reflection of the elite Women's Cross Country and Track & Field programs across the country so to be included among the top of this group is certainly a huge honor for our Women's program" said Saint Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Mike Howard, who is also the head women's cross country coach. His team placed 10th in the NCAA championship in the fall.

"This is obviously a tremendous testament of the teams accomplishments throughout the Cross Country and Indoor seasons and provides us with some great momentum as we prepare for the Outdoor season," added head women's track and field coach Kate Curran. The Saints finished tied for 11th in the indoor championships.

The Saints have a total of 22 program of the year points, one behind Wisconsin-LaCrosse, which is fifth with 21 points. The lowest score based on finish in the NCAA Division III championships determines the overall award winner.