NEW ORELEANS - The University of North Carolina men's Track & Field and Cross Country programs combined to rank 13th in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Men's Program of the Year. The announcement came on the same day in which two Tar Heels were recognized as All-Americans for their performance at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding cross country/track & field programs in each of the NCAA's three divisions for each gender. In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA Championships.
The men's cross country team finished the year in 17th place at the NCAA Championships. The men's indoor track and field team earned four points for a fifth-place finish in the men's 4x400 relay, which included RJ Alowonle, Sean Sutton, Javonte Lipsey and Ceo Ways. With four points the men's team finished tied for 45th. The men's outdoor track and field team finished the NCAA Championships with four points again, but this time with an individual effort from RJ Alowonle who finished fifth in the men's 400-meter hurdles. With those four points the team finished tied for 55th. The program earned 17 points from cross country, 48 from indoor track and 56.5 from outdoor track for a total of 121.5. A full list of the top programs can be found here.