Scoring Update for Division III
Inaugural Winner Leads at the End of the Winter Season in the Race for the Division III Sears Directors' Cup
April 29, 1999
Cleveland, Ohio -- Winners of the inaugural Division III Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors, Williams College (Mass.), which also won in the program's second year, is once again at the forefront in the standings.
Williams boasts 420 points, with contributions from six winter teams. The Ephs recorded their highest finish in the standings with a third place finish in women's swimming. They also placed fifth in women's basketball, seventh in women's track and field, 12th in skiing and men's swimming and 31st in men's track and field. The Sears Directors' Cup is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Closing in on Williams is Middlebury (Vt.), second with 370 points, including the national title in men's ice hockey. Rounding out the top five are Rowan (N.J.), third with 350 points; New Jersey, fourth with 330 points; and Wisconsin-La Crosse, fifth with 280 points.
This is the final set of winter standings and includes the sports of women and men's basketball, fencing, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, women and men's swimming, women and men's track and field and men's wrestling. In addition to Middlebury, winning national championships were Washington (Mo.) in women's basketball; Wisconsin-Platteville in men's basketball; Kenyon (Ohio) in women men's swimming; Wheaton (Mass.) in women's track and field; Lincoln (Penn.) in men's track and field; and Wartburg (Iowa) in men's wrestling. The highest finish for a Division III institution in fencing, rifle and skiing, National Collegiate sports were New York, 11th in fencing; Norwich (Vt.), fifth in rifle; and Middlebury (Vt.), eighth in skiing.
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.
A complete listing of the final winter standings follows.