Badgers 9th in top program rankings

Byrne_Mick_BT_Out_10_Blog.jpgHeading into next week's 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Wisconsin men's track and field team holds down the No. 9 spot in the standings for the John McDonnell Program of the Year Award.

The award, named for legendary Arkansas coach John McDonnell and presented by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, is presented to the school that performs best across the cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field seasons.

Programs are awarded a score for each championship based on their finish, with a championship worth 1 point, a second-place finish worth 2 points and so on.

With its seventh-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships and its tie for 26th at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, Wisconsin ranks No. 9 with a total of 36 points.

The Badgers have six entries for next week's NCAA outdoor meet, tying them with Penn State for the largest contingent among Big Ten teams.

Oregon, which finished runner-up in both cross country and indoor track, has a comfortable lead at 4.5 total points. Northern Arizona (13.5 points) is second, with New Mexico (18), Arizona State (26) and Oklahoma (27) rounding out the top five.

2010 John McDonnell Program of the Year Award
Men's Standings (as of May 30)

1. Oregon (4.5)
2. Northern Arizona (13.5)
3. New Mexico (18)
4. Arizona State (26)
5. Oklahoma (27)
6. Arkansas (31)
7. Alabama (32)
8. Minnesota (33.5)
9. Wisconsin (36)
10. Virginia (37)

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