Calvin (MI) Leads 2012-13 Division III Standings
Calvin (MI) leads in the second fall Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings with 308.50 points. The Knights had a pair of runner-up finishes, women’s volleyball and men’s cross country, a 17th place finish in women’s soccer, an 18th place showing in women’s cross country and 33rd finish in men’s soccer.
Middlebury (VT) is in second, trailing Calvin by two points with 306.50, in the second set of standings. 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 both women’s soccer and volleyball.
Emory (GA) jumped from 10th in the first set of standings to third place with 280.00 points. The Eagles finished second in women’s soccer, ninth in women’s volleyball, 17th in men’s soccer, 31st in women’s cross country and 33rd in men’s cross country.
With a pair of national championships in both men’s and women’s soccer, Messiah (PA) jumped into fourth place overall with 253.00 points. The Falcons were tied for 62nd overall in the first set of standings with a ninth place showing in field hockey.
Johns Hopkins (MD) stayed in the top five with 252.00 points. The Blue Jays captured the women’s cross country title, tallied a fifth place showing in women’s soccer, 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 in second, is Williams (MA) in sixth and Bowdoin (ME) in eighth.
To date, six 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.); men’s soccer – Messiah (PA); and women’s soccer – Messiah (PA).
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 Wednesday, December 19. Download news release and standings (PDF)