NEW ORLEANS – The University of Alaska Anchorage women’s cross country and track and field program finished third and the men’s program was 12th in the United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Program of the Year Standings.

The women’s program finished sixth at the cross country national championships, fourth at the indoor track and field national championships and seventh at the outdoor track and field championships.

The men’s program placed eighth at the cross country national championships, 52nd at the indoor national championship and 27th at the outdoor national championship.

The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs in each of the NCAA’s three divisions, the NAIA and for each gender in those levels. The award honors 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 or NAIA Championships.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA or NAIA Championships. Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA or NAIA 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 for all three championships combined determining the award recipient. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.