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Calvin 2nd in Latest Set of Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

Thursday, December 09, 2010

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Dec. 9 DIII Standings Release

The latest set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall sports standings have been released and after an outstanding fall sports campaign, Calvin College stands in second place, just 19 points behind first place Washington University of St. Louis.

Calvin has a second place total of 327 points, holding a two-point lead over third place Middlebury (VT). Washington University (MO) leads the list with 336 points.

Calvin picked up 100 points from its women’s volleyball team which captured the national championship this fall. The Calvin men’s soccer team reached the national quarterfinals of the NCAA III Tournament this fall which was worth 83 points in the Director’s Cup standings. Calvin also received 66 points from its men’s cross country team that placed eighth, 63 points from its women’s cross country that placed ninth and 25 points from its women’s soccer team that also reached the NCAA III Tournament before bowing out in the first round.

The most recent set of fall sports standings includes the sports of men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball and women’s field hockey.It does not include football which will conclude in two weeks. The final fall sports standings are slated to be released on December 23.

The Learfield Director’s Cup is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events and is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Director’s of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. The Learfield Director’s Cup race is held at the NCAA I, II and III levels and also for NAIA institutions.

Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in NCAA III Championship competition in up to 18 sports—nine for men and nine for women. Each national champion receives 100 points with a national runner-up finish worth 90 points. Third place is worth 85 points and fourth place finishes count for 80 points with a sliding point scale continuing on down by order of finish.

Competition will continue with the winter sports season and finish with the conclusion of the spring sports season in May.

A year ago, Calvin finished 14th in the final Division III standings with a total of 634.0 points. Calvin is one of only seven schools to finish in the top-25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.

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