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Men's cross country, track & field program 8th-best in Division III

May 31, 2019 at 2:11 pm
By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Dave Ricks
Dave Ricks
Photo: Nathan Klok

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s cross country and track & field teams, led by head coach Dave Ricks, finished the year in 8th place in the USTFCCCA Program of the Year rankings.

The USTFCCCA Program of the Year 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 winner. Ties among schools split points for positions taken.

The Knights collected 14 points for their 14th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, 39.5 points after earning 38th at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, and 12 points for taking 11th at last week’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where Tris Dodge (Sr./Oakland, Calif./College Prep), Lucas Mueller (So./St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy), and Matthew Wilkinson (So./Minnetonka, Minn.) each took home All-America honors in distance races.

In total, Carleton racked up 65.5 points, just behind 7th-place Wartburg College (61.5 points) and ahead of 9th-place Williams College (67). The Knights were the top-ranked MIAC team, as they performed better than both St. Thomas (11th place – 74 points) and St. Olaf (15th – 136.5).