May 18, 2017
CLEVELAND – In the first set of spring Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Grand Valley State has scored a total of 801.50 points to lead Division II, while Washington-St. Louis leads Division III with 837.00 total points.
Grand Valley State tallied a pair of 17th place finishes in the men’s and women’s tennis championships, the only Division II sports scored thus far, extending the Lakers’ lead to 284 points. Although not scoring in men’s volleyball or women’s golf, the only Division III sports added this week, Washington-St. Louis maintains a 51.75 point lead in Division III.
In Division II, Queens (NC) jumped two spots into second place with 517.50 after scoring in the men’s tennis championship. The battle for the third spot is separated by a mere 0.50 points, with Colorado School of Mines in third place with a total of 498.50 points and Wingate in fourth with 498.00 points. Rounding out the top five is California Baptist with 487.50 points.
The SAC and GNAC lead all Division II conferences in the top-10 with two institutions each – Queens (NC) (2nd) and Wingate (4th) from the SAC and Simon Fraser (8th) and Alaska Anchorage (10th) from the GNAC.
In Division III, Williams remains in second with 785.25 total points, tallying a fourth place finish in the women’s golf tournament. Tufts is in third with 699.00 total points. In fourth is Johns Hopkins with 592.50 total points and not far behind, in fifth, is Middlebury with 584.00 total points.
The NESCAC leads all Division III conferences in the top-10 with four institutions – Williams (2nd), Tufts (3rd), Middlebury (5th) and Amherst (7th).
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.
The final Division II and Division III spring standings will be released Thursday, June 1.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ldirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @ldirectorscup.
About Learfield: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletics departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors' Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.