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Dartmouth Women Finish 4th in Program of the Year Standings

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By Tim O'Dowd

HANOVER, N.H. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the final standings for the Terry Crawford Division I Women's Program of the Year Award on Monday afternoon with Dartmouth earning fourth place.

On the heels of a 22nd-place finish this past weekend in Eugene, Oregon, at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Big Green women finished the 2013-14 year with 49 points.

Oregon retained the Terry Crawford Trophy for the sixth straight year after claiming third on their home track over the week, wrapping up the academic year with 18 points. Stanford was second with 29.5 points, while Arkansas was third with 30. After Dartmouth were programs from Iowa State (50.5), Penn State (51.5), Florida State (65), Michigan State (68), Michigan (76.5) and Colorado (79).

Points are based on team finishes at cross country, indoor and outdoor national championships and are awarded in relation to the placement in the standings at each. For the Big Green, the team earned 16 points at cross country, 22 at outdoors and 7.5 for tying Stanford for seventh during the indoor meet. The lowest total score for all three championships combined determines the award’s recipient and the final year-end standings.

No other Ivy League women’s team has ever appeared in the top-15 in the award’s six-year history. The previous best showing by an Ancient Eight program was Princeton’s 16th-place finish in 2010-11 with 113.5 points, more than double Dartmouth’s total this season.

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).