DII and DIII Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings Released
CLEVELAND – In the second set of winter Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Grand Valley State and Williams both hold onto their leads over second place in Division II and Division III, respectively. The Lakers remain at 682 total points and the Ephs have tallied 743.25 total points.
With men’s basketball being the only sport added in this week’s Division II standings, Grand Valley State did not score in this championship, but still controls first with over a 200 point lead. Williams is still in control of the DIII standings, maintaining over a 100 point lead. The Ephs tallied points in three of the five championships this week, all of which were top-10 finishes. Williams took home the bronze in women’s swimming, placed 5th in men’s ice hockey and finished 6th in men’s swimming.
In Division II, Colorado School of the Mines jumps up one spot to 2nd place, after placing 33rd in men’s basketball. Queens (NC) finished 17th in the men’s basketball tournament and climbs two spots up to third. Alaska Anchorage falls from 2nd to 4th with a total of 398.25 total points. Rounding out the top five is Adams State, dropping one spot from 4th. With Grand Valley State in a commanding lead, the race for silver is starting to heat up.
The RMAC leads all Division II conferences in the top-10 with three institutions – Colorado School of Mines (2nd), Adams State (5th) and Western State (CO) (9th).
In Division III, Washington-St. Louis adds 142.5 points since the last standings were released and remains in 2nd place. The Bears did this by adding two top-10 finishes, 7th in women’s swimming and 8th in men’s swimming. MIT makes a push and jumps from 5th to 3rd with a 5th place finish in men’s swimming and 9th place finish in women’s swimming. Amherst is in fourth, climbing 14 spots, scoring in four out of the five championships scored this week. The Purple & White came in 3rd in men’s basketball, 5th in women’s ice hockey, 6th in women’s swimming and 28th in men’s swimming, scoring over 200 points this week. Emory concludes the top-5, just one point behind Amherst, after finishing 22nd in the last standings. The Eagles captured the National Championship in women’s swimming, placed 3rd in men’s swimming and also came in 9th in men’s basketball.
The NESCAC leads all Division III conferences in the top-10 with four institutions – Williams (1st), Amherst (4th), Middlebury (7th) and Tufts (9th).
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 14 sports in Division II – seven men’s and seven women’s; and 18 sports in Division III – nine women’s and nine men’s.
The final Division II & III winter standings will be released Thursday, April 7.
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/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
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