The BYU women’s track and field and cross-country teams placed ninth in the 2017 NCAA Division I Program of the Year Awards announced Tuesday.
“I’m very pleased with that top-10 finish,” BYU women’s cross-country and distance coach Diljeet Taylor said. “It was a good combination of cross-country finishing 10th, a fourth-place distance medley relay finish at the indoor championship and Shea Collinsworth’s indoor and outdoor performances.”
Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA championship in cross-country, as well as both indoor and outdoor track and field (i.e. first = one point, second = two points) with the lowest total score determining the award recipient.
The Cougars earned 10 points for their 10th-place finish in cross-country, 19 for 18th place in indoor track and field and 45 for a 43rd-place finish in the outdoor season. Those three results totaled 74 points for ninth place overall. The top-four programs were Oregon (first with three points), Colorado (second with 22 points) and Arkansas and Stanford (tied for third with 30 points).
BYU women's cross-country's finish was its best since 2005.