Middlebury College (Vt.) Leads First Set of Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings|
Nov. 24, 2010
CLEVELAND – Middlebury (Vt.) is currently atop the Division III standings after the first fall Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup rankings. The Panthers lead Washington University (Mo.) by 16 points, 252-236. Middlebury finished first in women’s cross country, fifth in field hockey, 17th in women’s volleyball and 21st at the men’s cross country championship.
The Bears of Washington (Mo.) tallied three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish at the women’s cross country championship. Washington also finished third in women’s volleyball and ninth in men’s cross country.
Calvin (Mich.) has 229 points after capturing the women’s volleyball crown, recording an eighth place showing in men’s cross country and 9th place finish at the women’s cross country championship.
In fourth place is New York (NYU) with 151 points. The Violets of NYU finished fifth in women’s volleyball, 10th in men’s cross country and 28th in women’s cross country, bringing their point total to 151.
Rounding out the top five are Cortland State (N.Y.) and Geneseo State (N.Y.), who are currently tied at 148 points apiece. The Dragons of Cortland State finished ninth in field hockey, 15th in women’s cross country and 17th in volleyball. The Knights of Geneseo State finished seventh in men’s cross country, 12th in women’s cross country and 17th in field hockey.
Four of the seven fall NCAA Division III championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men’s cross country - Haverford (Pa.); women’s cross country - Middlebury (Vt.); women’s volleyball - Calvin (Mich.); field hockey – Bowdoin (Maine).
The Learfield Sports 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 14 sports -- seven women’s and seven men’s.
The next Division III standings will be released Thursday, December 9.
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 Web site at www.directorscup.org.
About Learfield: The 2010-11 athletics season marks its third year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly 40 years, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences and associations. The company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, having broadcast over 50,000 games and coaches’ shows since it began working with flagship property Mizzou in 1975. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships feature strategic sponsorship platforms that include stadium/arena signage, official university publications, Internet sites, digital media, hospitality, radio and television programming as well as game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports, which is an operating unit of Learfield Communications, Inc., visit www.learfieldsports.com.