NEW ORLEANS - The University of North Carolina men's cross country and track and field program is ranked as the 16th best program in the nation in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Program of the Year Award, the association announced Friday. After completing the cross country season and indoor track and field season, there is only the outdoor season for the Tar Heels to improve their ranking.
"To be ranked among the top 20 programs in the country this year by USTFCCCA is exciting," North Carolina head track and field coach Harlis Meaders said. "The ranking is a reflection of the tremendous work that has been done by our student-athletes, our coaches and our essential staff that make up our team. We hope to continue the growth of both our programs through mentoring our current students and recruiting exceptional student-athletes to help us become one of the premier programs in the country."
North Carolina finished the cross country season 17th in the country and then completed the indoor season last weekend where it placed 45th. UNC has 65 total points towards the Program of the Year Award. The fewer points a program has the better chance the program has in winning the award.
Oregon leads all programs with six points followed by Oklahoma State with nine and one half points. Arkansas (14), Wisconsin (20) and BYU (26.5) are all in the top five. Notre Dame is the only other Atlantic Coast Conference team in the rankings at No. 10. A full list of the rankings can be found here.
The rankings come right before the beginning of the outdoor season. North Carolina will begin its outdoor season today at 5 p.m. in Chapel Hill for the Carolina Relays.