June 22, 2009
Rice University's women's track and field and cross country program earned an 18th place finish in the inaugural NCAA Division I Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Oregon was first with 13.5 points followed by Florida State with 15 points.
The Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division I women's cross country/track & field program. The 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 Division I Championships.
In order to be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for the NCAA Championships. Scoring is based on the team's finish at each NCAA Division I 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 recipient.
Rice placed 22nd at the NCAA Cross Country Championship for 22 points, 51st (tied) at the NCAA Indoor Championship (53 points), and 52nd (tied) at the NCAA Outdoor Championship for 54.5 points.
The Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award is named after USTFCCCA Hall of Famer and current 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).