GENESEO, N.Y. - Both the SUNY Geneseo men's and women's cross country/track & field programs were ranked among the nation's best in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Program of the Year rankings, released Wednesday.
The Knights' women finished fourth, while the men placed seventh in the annual standings that measure the top combined programs in Division III.
For the men, it was their highest finish in the nine-year history of the rankings, eclipsing the eighth-place finish they logged in 2011-12 while also marking the fourth time they were listed in the rankings. The Geneseo women were recognized for the second time, following up their third-place showing from a year ago.
Scoring is based on teams' respective finishes at the NCAA Championships in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field (i.e. 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, 31st = 31 points, etc.). The program with the lowest total score for all three championships determines the rankings. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.
The Geneseo women totaled a final score of 16.5 points, finishing third in cross country before closing the year with a tie for fifth this past weekend at the outdoor championships to follow up an eighth-place indoor showing. Washington (Mo.) finished first with four total points after winning both indoor and outdoor national championships while adding a runner-up trophy in cross country.
The Knights' men ended up with 41.5 points, starting the year with a national runner-up showing in cross country, before tying for 10th indoors and tying for 27th outdoors. UW-La Crosse finished first with 8.5 points after sweeping both track & field titles and placing sixth in cross country.