COLLEGE STATION With a national championship finish in outdoor track and field leading the way, the Texas A&M men’s athletics program finished in a tie for second place in the Capital One Cup race with 88 points in the 2012-13 sports year. On the women’s side, the Aggies finished No. 12.
“Our first year in the SEC has been tremendous, and a runner-up finish in the Capital One Cup is another example of the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and coaches,” Aggie Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said. “We are proud that Texas A&M is recognized among the top athletics programs in the country.”
Led by head coach Pat Henry, the men’s outdoor track and field program scored 60 points by winning the NCAA national championship. Head football coach Kevin Sumlin and the Aggie football team scored 18 points for finishing No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll. Indoor track and field tallied eight additional points for a fourth-place finish in the NCAA Championships, and head coach J.T. Higgins and men’s golf rounded out the scoring with two points for a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Head coach Howard Joffe and the women’s tennis team reached the national championship tennis match and scored 12 points for a runner-up finish, while Coach Henry and the women’s outdoor track and field program secured 36 points for the runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. Women’s swimming and head coach Steve Bultman added to the point total with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Schools earn points based on their teams’ top 10 finishes in NCAA Division I Championships and in final official coaches’ polls across 20 women’s and 19 men’s sports.
UCLA was crowned the men’s champion, while North Carolina won the women’s competition. Florida had won the previous two men’s titles, while Stanford had garnered the previous two women’s championships.
The Texas A&M women’s program finished second to Stanford in the inaugural standings in 2010-11, and the men’s previous best showing was a tie for third place in 2010-11. The women placed No. 18 in 2011-12 while the men finished No. 27.
Last week, Texas A&M established a school-best finish of fifth place in the final 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. Texas A&M finished in the Directors’ Cup top 10 for the fourth straight year.