Williams Captures Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup Title|
May 31, 2018
CLEVELAND – The Ephs of Williams have won its 21st Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup, out of the 23 total that have been awarded since 1995-96. Williams will be honored at the 2018 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 30.
For the 2017-18 year, the Learfield Directors’ Cup scoring was updated for the first time in recent history. While there is still a maximum 18 sports counted, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s and women’s soccer, are the four sports that must be counted for each institution. Additionally, up to 14 other scores may be counted, regardless of gender, in the final score. For a complete release of this announcement, click here.
The Ephs scored in 16 of the 18 sports for Division III, with its highest finish coming in women’s soccer, the national championship. The Ephs also recorded runners up finishes in women’s golf and women’s indoor track and field. On the men’s side, the Ephs highest finish was fifth in the tennis championship.
MIT finished second overall, its highest finish in Cup history, recording 1001.50 total points and scored in 17 total sports with its highest finish coming in women’s cross country (4th). The Engineers recorded nine top-10 finishes in 2017-18.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ends the year in third place with 939.50 total points and scored in 14 total sports, capturing a trio of women’s national titles – golf, tennis and volleyball. Overall, the Stags and Athenas recorded six top-10 finishes. This is the highest Claremont-Mudd-Scripps has finished in the Cup standings in the 23 year history for Division III.
In fourth is Emory with 936.05 total points in 15 sports, with its highest finish coming in the swimming championships – the women’s national title and a runner-up finish on the men’s swimming and diving front. Overall, the Eagles recorded 10 top-10 finishes in NCAA Championships this season. This is the fourth time in the history of the Learfield Directors’ Cup that Emory has finished in the top four.
Rounding out the top five is Middlebury with 905.00 total points, scoring in 15 total sports, including national titles in women’s field hockey and men’s tennis. Overall, Middlebury tallied seven top-10 finishes. This is the Panthers 17th season with a fifth or higher finish in the Cup standings.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) led all conferences with four institutions in the top 10: Williams (1st), Middlebury (5th), Tufts (8th) and Amherst (9th).
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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 nearly 130 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic department’s at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup for 10 years. 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.