Saturday, May 27th, 2017

DII and DIII Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings Released

CLEVELAND – In the first set of winter Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Grand Valley State has scored a total of 682 points to lead Division II, while Williams has accumulated 524.75 points to lead the DIII standings after adding 209.75 points in the winter to date.

With four top-10 finishes in the winter championships to date, Grand Valley State has tallied 304 points in the first set of winter standings.  Williams took the lead in DIII after finishing third at the end of the fall.  The Ephs tallied points in all four winter championships, including skiing, a national collegiate sport. Williams finished 7th in men’s indoor track & field, 14th in skiing, 27th in wrestling and 28th in women’s indoor track & field.

In Division II, Alaska Anchorage sits in second place with 398.25 points, finishing 9th in both skiing and women’s indoor track & field and 14th in men’s track & field. In third is Colorado School of the Mines with 391 points, scoring in both men’s and women’s indoor track and field. Adams State jumped from ninth in the final fall standings to fourth in the first set of winter standings after a runner-up finish in men’s indoor track & field, a 16th place showing on the women’s side and a 33rd place finish in wrestling. Rounding out the top five is Queens (NC), making a jump from 52nd in the final fall standings, after capturing both the men’s and women’s swimming championships and finishing 11th in women’s indoor track & field.

The RMAC leads all Division II conferences in the top 10 with three institutions –Colorado School of Mines (3rd), Adams State (4th) and Western State (CO) (6th).

In Division III, Washington-St. Louis dropped one spot to second with a total of 491.50 points. In the first set of winter standings, the Bears were 3rd in women’s indoor track & field and 9th in men’s indoor track & field. Wisconsin Eau Claire is third with 426.75 total points, capturing the national championship in men’s indoor track & field, finishing 9th in women’s indoor track & field and 23rd in wrestling. Wisconsin La Crosse is in fourth with 415.50 points, taking home 3rd in men’s indoor track & field and 6th in both women’s indoor track & field and wrestling. MIT rounds out the top 5 with 399 total points, finishing in the top 10 in women’s indoor track & field and 16th in men’s indoor track & field.

The WIAC leads all Division III conferences in the top 10 with four institutions – Wisconsin Eau Claire (3rd), Wisconsin La Crosse (4th), Wisconsin Whitewater (6th) and Wisconsin Oshkosh (7th).

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 in Division II – seven men’s and seven women’s; and 18 sports in Division III– nine women’s and nine men’s.

The next Division II & III winter standings will be released Thursday, March 31.

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.

About Learfield: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; licensing and trademark consulting; digital platform expertise; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies. For more about Learfield’s history, businesses and career opportunities, visit www.learfieldsports.com.

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