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Scoring Update for Division III
Cortland State Takes Over the Lead in the Race for the Division III Sears Directors' Cup
As of December 29, 1997
Cleveland, Ohio -- Cortland State College (N.Y.) jumped past the University of California-San Diego to take the lead at the conclusion of the fall standings in the race for the 1997-98 Division III Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.
Cortland State scored in five of seven sports, winning one national title in women's cross country, in their quest for the Sears Directors' Cup, administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and sponsored by Sears. The Red Dragons also placed second in field hockey, fifth in women's volleyball, ninth in football and 21st in men's cross country to reach a total of 240 points, just 10 points ahead of the second-place California-San Diego. Rounding out the top five are the College of New Jersey, third with 190 points; Hobart/William Smith (N.Y.) and Mount Union (Ohio), tied fourth with 180 points.
A new scoring structure was implemented this year in which points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine for men and nine for women. Each national champion recieves 100 points (last year, first place was worth 64 points), while second place is worth 80 points (exceptions include brackets of eight teams - 2nd = 75 points; or brackets of two or four teams - 2nd = 50 points.)
These standings include all fall sports -- men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, women's and men's soccer and women's volleyball. In addition to California-San Diego and Cortland State, winning national championships in those sports were North Central in men's cross country; William Smith in field hockey; Mount Union in football and Wheaton (Ill.) in men's soccer.
There four Sears Directors' Cup Awards, one to honor the institution with the best all-around athletics program in each of the NCAA's Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. It is the first-ever cross-sectional all-sports national recognition award for both men and women.
The winner of the award will receive a trophy designed by Waterford Crystal, which will tour the country, appearing at major men's and women's events throughout the year.
A complete listing of the fall sports standings follows.