Oregon didn’t win an NCAA women’s team title during the cross country or track and field seasons, but no program was as consistently good as the Ducks from September through June.
But then, that’s not new.
For the 10th time in 11 years, Oregon was named the Division I women’s program of the year on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Ducks were the only program in the country to record top-five team finishes at the national championship meets in cross country (third place), indoor track and field (third) and outdoor track and field (fifth), for a total score of 11. New Mexico was second with 15 points and Arkansas, which won the indoor and outdoor titles, was third with 16.
Oregon was fourth in the men’s standings with 46 points having finished 15th in cross country, 18th indoors and 12th outdoors. Stanford was the Division I men’s program of the year with 14.5 points.
Also Wednesday, Oregon junior middle distance runner Jessica Hull was announced as one of 10 women’s semifinalists for The Bowerman Award. Hull was the runner-up in the 1,500 meters last week at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships when she ran the third-fastest time in NCAA history in 4 minutes, 6.27 seconds.
The three finalists for The Bowerman will be announced June 19.