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Calvin Finishes 22nd in Final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

Friday, June 19, 2009

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NCAA III Director's Cup Standings

For the 14th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, and continues to be one of only seven schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.

Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., Wisconsin-LaCrosse, the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga.

Calvin has finished 22nd in the nation in Division III in 2008-2009 with a point total of 541.0 points.

Williams College, Mass., defended its title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning its 13th U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with 1,056.50 points.

The Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country, and is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events.

Division III points are awarded based on finish in championship competition.

Each national champion receives 100 points with a national runner-up finish worth 90 points. Third place is worth 80 points and fourth place finishes count for 75 points with a sliding point scale continuing on down by order of finish.

In other divisions Grand Valley State was the winner in the Division II ranks, making it six-in-a-row for the Lakers, and Stanford won its 15th straight Directors’ Cup crown at the NCAA Division I level. Azusa Pacific was again the NAIA winner for 2009.

Calvin picked up 98.75 points during the spring sports season as its women’s track and field took 13th at the NCAA III Championships, while its men’s track and field team took 36th. The finish by the Calvin women’s track and field team was worth 62.25 points in the Director’s Cup standings while the finish by the men’s track and field team worth 36.5 points.

Combined, 10 of Calvin’s 19 sports teams scored Directors’ Cup points during the 2008-09 academic year.

In addition to its spring sports teams, Calvin received points this year from its men’s and women’s soccer teams, its women’s volleyball team, its men’s and women’s cross country teams its women’s swimming and diving teams and its men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams.

The final 2008-09 Division III standings can be found on-line at: NCAA III Director’s Cup Standings


Year Finish Point Total
1995-96 11th 425 points
1996-97 22nd 321.5 points
1997-98 25th 200 points
1998-99 7th 350 points
1999-00 6th 561 points
2000-01 9th 474 points
2001-02 11th 490 points
2002-03 22nd 403.75 points
2003-04 23rd 382.5 points
2004-05 6th 617 points
2005-06 9th 561.25 points
2006-07 8th 713 points
2007-08 24th 483.25 points
2008-09 22nd 541.0 points

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