June 1, 2017
CLEVELAND – The Ephs of Williams have won its 20th Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup, capturing its 20th title out of 22 that have been awarded since 1995-96. Williams will be honored at the 2017 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 14.
The Ephs scored in all 18 (9 women’s/9 men’s) of the sports scored in Division III. The Ephs recorded one national title on the women’s side – tennis – along with runner’s up finishes in swimming, and rowing. On the men’s side, the Ephs highest finish was third in the basketball championship. Washington-St. Louis finished second overall for the fourth time in Cup history, recording 1227.00 total points, capturing a trio of women’s national titles – soccer, and both indoor/outdoor track and field. The Bears scored in the maximum 18 sports. Tufts ends the year in third place with 926.75 total points, marking consecutive years of finishing in the top five. Tufts scored in 16 total sports, with its highest finish coming on the men’s side, capturing the soccer title. In fourth is Claremont-Mudd-Scripps with 895.00 total points. The Stags and Athenas scored in 15 total sports, with the highest finish for both the men and women coming from the tennis tournaments (second and third, respectively). Rounding out the top five is Johns Hopkins with 864.50 total points, scoring in 15 total sports, including a national title in women’s cross country.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) led all conferences with four institutions in the top 10.
In the latest Division II spring standings, Grand Valley State charges ahead with a lead of almost 400 points. With only the baseball championship yet to finish, GVSU looks to defend its Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup crown for a third consecutive year and 12th overall.
Grand Valley State tallied points in seven of the 10 spring championships completed thus far, including a second place finish in women’s track and field. California Baptist made a three spot jump to second place with 700.25 total points. The Lancers scored in five of the 10 completed spring championships, including top-15 finishes in both the men’s and women’s golf tournaments (10th and 14th, respectively). In third is West Florida with 641.00 total points. The Argonauts took home the men’s tennis title and finished third in the men’s golf tournament this spring. Queens (NC) is in fourth place with 618.00 total points after scoring in three of the spring championships, including a fifth place finish in women’s lacrosse. Rounding out the top five for Division II is UC San Diego with 547.00 total points. The Tritons scored in three spring championships, the highest being a fourth place finish in women’s rowing.
The SAC, CCAA and RMAC lead all Division II conferences in the top-10 with two institutions each: Queens (NC) (4th) and Wingate (8th) from the SAC, UC San Diego (5th) and Chico State (9th) from the CCAA, and Adams State (6th) and Colorado School of Mines (10th) from the RMAC.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 18 sports in Division III – nine women’s and nine men’s.
The final Division II standings will be released Thursday, June 8.
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.
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