Trinity University Closes in on Defending Champ in the Final Fall NACDA Directors' Cup Standings
December 26, 2002
Cleveland, Ohio - With a runner-up finish in football, Trinity University (Tex.) is closing in on defending champion Williams College (Mass.) in the final fall NACDA Directors' Cup Division III standings.
Williams, a six-time champion, closes the fall season with 376 points, based on the national title in women's cross country and placements of fifth in field hockey and women's volleyball; seventh in men's cross country; and ninth in men's soccer.
Trinity jumped from fourth to second place, and is now just 37 points behind the leader. In addition to their second place finish in football, the Tigers placed third in women and men's soccer and women's volleyball to close out the season with 339 points. They are followed by Messiah (Penn.), in third with 280 points; New Jersey, fourth, 267 points; and Wartburg (Iowa), in fifth with 262 points.
These are the final fall standings and include the sports of women and men's cross country, field hockey, football, women and men's soccer and women's volleyball. In addition to Williams, winning these national championships were Wisconsin-Oshkosh in men's cross country; Rowan (N.J.) in field hockey; Mount Union (Ohio) in football; Ohio Wesleyan in women's soccer; Messiah in men's soccer; and Wisconsin-Whitewater in women's volleyball.
The NACDA Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's. Each national champion receives 100 points.
Final fall sports standings follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.