Head coach James Henry (L) and Aaron Howell
June 19, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The University of Michigan women's cross country and track and field programs finished ninth overall in the final standings for the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Terry Crawford Division I Women's Program of the Year Award, as announced by the USTFCCCA.
It marked the first time the Wolverines appeared in the final standings since the 2008-09 season, when U-M finished fourth overall after placing 16th in cross country, 11th in indoor track and seventh outdoor.
Oregon was selected the 2013-14 Terry Crawford Division I Women's Program of the Year for the sixth consecutive year with a total of 18 points, while 12 other programs also appeared in the final standings. The Wolverines finished in ninth place with 76.5 points, as the Maize and Blue cross country team ran to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and the track and field program placed 33rd and 37th at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, respectively.
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 meet in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track and field (i.e. 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points, etc.) with the lowest total score for all three championships combined determining the award recipient.
The cross country team's fourth-place effort at the national championships was the program's best finish since 2006. The Wolverines also finished runner-up at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships and claimed their third straight NCAA Great Lakes Region title under women's cross country head coach Mike McGuire. All members of McGuire's championship squad will return for the 2014 cross country season.
Led by 30th-year head coach James Henry, the indoor track and field team sent seven student-athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where it finished tied for 33rd place behind scoring performances from sophomore Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) in the 60-meter hurdles (6th), as well as its distance medley relay (5th; Jaimie Phelan, Maya Long, Danielle Pfeifer, Brook Handler). In addition to performing well on a national level, the Wolverines earned their best Big Ten Indoor Championships finish since 2008, placing second as a team.
At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, five Wolverines represented Michigan, including freshman Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) and junior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), who ran to sixth-place finishes in the 10,000-meter run and 1,500-meter run, respectively. With six total points, U-M placed tied for 37th as a team.
2013-14 Final Standings
1. Oregon 18 2. Stanford 29.5 3. Arkansas 30 4. Dartmouth 49 5. Iowa State 50.5 6. Penn State 51.5 7. Florida State 65 8. Michigan State 68 9. Michigan 76.5 10. Colorado 79 11. Villanova 80 12. Notre Dame 93 13. William & Mary 109
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