NEW ORLEANS – At the conclusion of the NCAA indoor track & field season, the University of Alaska Anchorage ranks among the top four in the nation in the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association’s NCAA Div. II Program of the Year standings.

The Seawolves women are No. 3 in their rankings with 17 points, while the men are No. 4 on their side with an identical point total.

The Program of the Year awards are given annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs, honoring the institutions in each NCAA division that achieve the most success in each academic year – spanning the cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field seasons – based on the institution’s finish at the national meet.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA Championships. Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA 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 determining the award recipient.

The Seawolves finished third on the men’s side and sixth on the women’s at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships, while the women were 11th and the men 14th at last week’s 2013 NCAA indoor meet in Alabama.

Adams (Colo.) State leads the men’s D-II standings with four points, while Grand Valley (Mich.) State sits atop the women’s standings with five points at the two-thirds mark of the competition.

The outdoor track & field seasons kicked off last week, with those NCAA Championships set for May.