Calvin Remains On Top of Final Fall Division III Standings
Calvin (MI) remains in first in the final 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 final fall standings. The Panthers earned their point total 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.
Johns Hopkins (MD) jumped from sixth in the second set of standings to third place, trailing by 1.5 points, with 305.00 points. The Blue Jays captured the women’s cross country title, tallied a fifth place showing in women’s soccer, ninth place finish in football, a 20th finish in men’s cross country and 33rd in volleyball.
Emory (GA) dropped one place to fourth 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.
Rounding out the top five is Messiah (PA) with 253.00 points. The Falcons captured a pair of national championships in both men’s and women’s soccer and a ninth place showing in field hockey.
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.
All 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); football – Mount Union (OH).
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 first Division III winter standings will be released Thursday, March 14. Download release and standings (PDF)