Calvin Second in Latest Learfield Director’s Cup Fall Sports Standings
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The latest set of Leerfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall sports standings have been released and after an outstanding fall sports campaign, Calvin College stands in second place, just 18 points behind first place Williams (MA).
Calvin has a second place total of 349 points, holding a 30-point lead over third place Washington University (Mo.). Williams (MA) leads the list with 367 points.
Calvin picked up 90 points from its menís soccer team which finished as the national runner-up. The Calvin womenís cross country team took third at the NCAA III Championships which was worth 85 points in the Directorís Cup standings. Calvin also received 73 points from its womenís soccer team that placed fifth, 51 points from its men’s cross country and 50 points from its women’s volleyball team. The womenís soccer team reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA III Tournament while the womenís volleyball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA III Tournament with the Calvin men’s cross country team placing 13th at the NCAA III Championships.
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 22nd in the final Division III standings with a total of 541.0 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.