Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Middlebury Leads First 2012-13 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings; NESCAC Places Three Institutions in the Top 10

Middlebury (Vt.) leads in the first fall Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings with 256.50 points. The Panthers earned their point totals with a fifth place showing in field hockey, eighth in men’s cross country, 11th in women’s cross country and 17th in women’s volleyball.

Calvin (Mich.) is in second with 233.50 points after a pair of runner-up finishes in women’s volleyball and men’s cross country, and a 18th place stop in women’s cross country.

Tied in third place with 192.50 points is Bowdoin (Maine) and Wisconsin Eau Claire. The Polar Bears finished in fifth place in field hockey, ninth in volleyball and 16th in men’s cross country, while the Blugolds were fifth in women’s cross country, 10th in men’s cross country and 17th in volleyball.

Rounding out the top five is Johns Hopkins (Md.) with 179.00 points. The Blue Jays captured the women’s cross country title, finished 20th in men’s cross country and 33rd in volleyball.

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is leading the way with three of its institutions currently in the top 10. Following Middlebury and Bowdoin is Tufts (Mass.) in sixth.

To date, four fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s cross country – Johns Hopkins (Md.); men’s cross country – North Central (Ill.); field hockey – Tufts (Mass.); volleyball – St. Thomas (Minn.).

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 18 sports — nine women’s and nine men’s.

The next Division III fall standings will be released Thursday, December 6.

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