Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Listed in USTFCCCA Progress Report
March 15, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its annual program report through the indoor track season and the Michigan State women's track & field and cross country programs rank 21st nationally. The Spartans are one of four Big Ten teams currently on the Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award list.
In the fall, MSU won the NCAA Great Lakes Regional by 16 points over second-place Michigan, its first since taking titles in 2006 and 2007. Michigan State placed three in the race's top 11 at the regional meet. The Green and White also captured its third Big Ten title in school history, and first since 2001, when it topped second-place Wisconsin by 14 points. At the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the Spartans concluded their 2010 season with a 23rd-place showing with a score of 481 at the year-end race.
Senior Emily MacLeod once again paced the Spartans with an All-American time of 20:48.1 to place 37th overall. With her top-40 placing, MacLeod earned USTFCCCA All-America honors for the first time in her cross country career, and second overall. She is just the 16th All-American in program history, and 14th different individual.
At the indoor track & field championships, sophomore Beth Rohl served as MSU's lone female representative last weekend. For Rohl, she not only became the first Spartan female weight throw All-American, but also the first field athlete in school history. A native of New Buffalo, Mich., Rohl finished eighth overall in the competition with a toss of 19.80m. This marked Rohl's second All-America honor as she earned the distinction followed the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the discus throw. Due to Rohl's performance, MSU placed 57th overall with one point.
The Terry Crawford Women's Program of the Year Award is named after USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and former Cal Poly head coach Terry Crawford. Crawford has won five NCAA National Championships, and over 20 Conference Championships. Her 1986 Texas squad remains as the only NCAA women's program to ever win the Triple Crown (cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field titles).
The NCAA Division I Program of the Year Awards are awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs. 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 Division I 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 Division I 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.
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