NEW ORLEANS – After posting six NCAA Championships finishes across its six programs, the University of Alaska Anchorage's cross country and track & field crews officially rank among the top dozen in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Division II Program of the Year standings.

The Seawolf men cross country and track and field program finished fifth in the USTFCCCA's  Damon Martin Program of the Year standings, while the UAA women were 11th in the Jerry Baltes Program of the Year race.

The USTFCCCA Programs of the Year are awarded to the institution that has achieved 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 NCAA Championships. Scoring is based on the team's finish at each NCAA meet.

The UAA men finished with a total of 47.5 points after another banner year, finishing fifth at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, placed 28th at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, and 13th at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Seawolves are on a dominant roll in the GNAC, having won all three conference titles in each of the last two years, and finished third in the Program of the Year standings last season.

The UAA women, meanwhile, scored 93.5 points. The Seawolves placed eighth at the cross country championships, 21st at the indoor meet and 62nd at the outdoor meet. In conference competition, the Seawolves won both the GNAC cross country and outdoor track & field titles.

A pair of powerhouses were Division II Program of the Year winners. Adams State won the Damon Martin Men's Program of the Year award with 21 points, topped by a national championship in cross country. The Grizzlies have won the award in all nine years it has been presented. Grand Valley State scored just five points to win the Jerry Baltes Women's Program of the Year Award for the seventh time in the last nine years. The Lakers won the cross country national title and placed second at both the indoor and outdoor track & field meets.