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Sears Directors' Cup
Scoring Update for Division III

    Four Institutions Keep the Race Close for the Division III Sears Directors' Cup

    As of December 22, 1998

    Cleveland, Ohio - As the fall season comes to a close, the College of New Jersey and Williams College (Mass.) share the lead in the race for the Division III Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.

    Both institutions boast 210 points and have scored in five of the eight sports. New Jersey earned runner up spots in women's cross country and women's soccer. The Lions also placed fifth in field hockey, ninth in football and 16th in men's cross country. Williams, the Sears Directors' Cup winner in Division III's inaugural year (1995-96), placed third in men's cross country and men's soccer, eighth in women's cross country and ninth in women's soccer and women's volleyball. The Sears Directors' Cup is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co.

    Ten points shy of the leaders with 200 points, in a tie for third place, is Calvin (Mich.) and Rowan (N.J.). Filling out the fifth spot with 160 points is Macalester (Minn.) and Middlebury (Vt.).

    These are the final fall standings and include the sports of women and men's cross country, field hockey, football, women's and men's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo. Winning national championships in these sports were Calvin in women's cross country; North Central (Ill.) in men's cross country; Middlebury in field hockey; Mount Union (Ohio) in football; Macalester in women's soccer; Ohio Wesleyan in men's soccer; and Central (Iowa) in women's volleyball. The highest finish in water polo (a National Collegiate championship) for a Division III institution was California-San Diego in third.

    Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine for men and nine for women. Each national champion receives 100 points. There are 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 receives a trophy designed by Waterford Crystal, which tours the country, appearing at major men and women's events throughout the year.

    A complete listing of the final fall standings follows.

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