NEW ORLEANS - On Tuesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the final rankings in the 2016-17 NCAA Division I Program of the Year standings with the Iona College men's cross country and track & field program earning 16th place.
Following a 10th place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall, individuals helped earn the Gaels 56th and 41st place finishes in the nation respectively at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Behind a 26th straight MAAC Conference Championship followed by a second place finish at the Northeast Regional Championship, the Maroon & Gold earned the 14th top-10 finish for the program in the last 15 years at the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Kieran Clements led the group with a 44th place individual finish.
Liam Dee earned the first of three First Team All-American awards for Iona during the track & field season by placing seventh in the finals of the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Dee ran a 4:07.82 time to earn the finish.
Closing out the 2016-17 season last week at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Chartt Miller and Gilbert Kirui matched the sucess of Dee with their own First Team All-American honors. Kirui started the week in Oregon with a sixth place finish in the 10,000 meter followed by Miller also earning sixth place in the 5,000 meter finals.
The Arkansas men and Oregon women were named NCAA Division I Programs of the Year.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is given annually to the most outstanding cross country and track & field programs in each of the NCAA's three divisions, the NAIA and for each gender in those organizations. 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 finishes 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 those meets (1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, etc.) and the team with the lowest combined score is crowned champion.