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Scoring Update for Division III
New Leader Sits on Top of the Final Fall Division III Sears Directors' Cup Standings
December 23, 1999
CLEVELAND - Trinity University (Tex.) has closed out the fall 1999-2000 season as the new leader in the race for the Division III Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.
Trinity scored in four sports, including a runner-up finish in women's volleyball. The Tigers also placed third in football and fifth in both women and men's soccer to record 285 points. The Sears Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. It is administered by NACDA and sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Williams (Mass.) holds second place, with 268 points. Rounding out the top five are California-San Diego, third with 265 points; New Jersey, fourth with 231 points; and Rowan (N.J.), fifth with 220 points.
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 were Calvin in women's cross country; North Central (Ill.) in men's cross country; New Jersey in field hockey; Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) in football; California-San Diego in women's soccer; St. Lawrence (N.Y.) 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.
Final fall sports standings follow. Please note that standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. The sports codes are as follows: W.CC - women's cross country, M. CC - men's cross country, FH - field hockey; FB - football; W. SOC - women's soccer; M.SOC - men's soccer; W.VB - women's volleyball; and M.WP - men's water polo.