June 4, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - In the first year that the award has officially been known as the Jerry Baltes Division II Program of the Year Award, the women's cross country and track and field programs did their head coach right, claiming the award for the fifth straight year in 2012-13 as awarded by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
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 and for each gender. 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 Championships.
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 for all three championships combined determining the award recipient. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.
Grand Valley State’s women came up short in their bid to repeat as either indoor or outdoor track & field champions, but the Lakers still came out on top to win their coach’s namesake award, the Jerry Baltes Division II Women’s Program of the Year award, in its first season officially named after Baltes and the fifth time in a row overall.
After winning the cross country team title in the fall, the Lakers finished fourth at the indoor championships and third at this past weekend’s outdoor championships to clinch the Program of the Year award for fifth straight year in its fifth year of existence.
The Jerry Baltes Women’s Program of the Year Award is named after current Grand Valley State coach Jerry Baltes. As of the 2013 season, Baltes’ squads have won six NCAA titles. A “triple crown” of NCAA crowns in the 2010-11 academic year and Baltes’ squad became the first in Division II history, regardless of gender to win cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field national championships in the same seasons.
To read the full USTFCCCA release, please click here.
The men's team finished sixth in the program of the year standings with 38.5 points. Adams State won the award for the fifth straight year with seven points, followed by Ashland (13.5), Western State (24), Alaska Anchorage (33) and Minnesota State (37.5).