Calvin In Fourth Place in Most Recent Learfield Director’s Cup Standings
Thursday, May 26, 2011
With the spring sports season winding down, Calvin continues to hold a high spot in the most recent Learfield Director’s Cup standings. Calvin currently sits in fourth place with a total of 647.75 points. Calvin recently added 48 points to its total with a 26th place finish by its men’s golf team at the NCAA III Championships. Middlebury (VT) holds a slim first place lead over Williams (MA) with Middlebury standing with 798 points and defending Learfield Director’s Cup champion Williams close behind with 784 points.
Washington University (MO) is third with 739 points. Amherst (MA) is behind Calvin in fifth place with 587 points. The latest standings include the spring sports of men’s and women’s golf, women’s lacrosse and (women’s) softball.
Other sports still to come in the final standings include men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, (men’s) baseball, women’s rowing, men’s lacrosse and women’s water polo.
Calvin’s highest-ever finish in the Director’s Cup standings is sixth place. A year ago, Calvin finished in 14th place with 634 points.
The Learfield Director’s Cup standings are 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.
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.