College of New Jersey Retakes the Lead For the Division III Sears Directors' Cup Race
April 5, 2001
CLEVELAND- As the winter championship season comes to a close, the College of New Jersey has retaken the lead, holding a 14-point margin over four-time champion Williams College (Mass.), in race for the Division III Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.
New Jersey placed fifth in women's basketball and men's wrestling; ninth in women's indoor track and field; 15th in men's swimming; 29th in women's swimming; and 30th in men's indoor track and field to post 597.5 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, in the lead in the last set of standings, moved into second place with 583.5 points. Rounding out the top five are Wisconsin-Oshkosh, third with 509 points; Middlebury (Vt.), fourth with 508.5 points; and Wisconsin-Stevens Point, fifth with 481.5 points.
This is the final winter standings and includes the sports of women's and men's basketball, fencing, women's and men's ice hockey, skiing, women's and men's swimming, women's and men's indoor track and field and men's wrestling. Winning national championships were Washington (Mo.), women's basketball; Catholic (D.C.), men's basketball; Plattsburgh State (N.Y.), men's ice hockey; Denison (Ohio), women's swimming; Kenyon (Ohio), men's swimming; Wheaton (Mass.), women's indoor track and field; Wisconsin-Lacrosse, men's indoor track and field; and Augsburg (Minn.), men's wrestling. The highest Division III finish in fencing, women's ice hockey and skiing, National Collegiate Championships, was 12th place by Massachusetts Institute of Technology; second by St. Lawrence (N.Y.); and seventh by Middlebury, respectively.
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. Final winter 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 codes are as follows: W - women; M - men; BB - basketball; IHoc - ice hockey; SW - swimming; T&F - track and field; and WR - wrestling.