Calvin Third in First Set of Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Fall Sports Standings
Monday, December 01, 2008
The first set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall sports standings have been released and Calvin sits in third place place with 190 points.
Williams (Mass.) is the leader with 243 points, holding a 10-point lead over Cortland State (N.Y.). The first set of standings includes the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey and women’s volleyball.
Calvin picked up 90 points from its womenís cross country team which took second at the NCAA III Championships. The Calvin menís cross country team took fifth at the NCAA III Championships which was worth 75 points in the Directorís Cup standings. Calvin also received 25 points from its womenís volleyball team which posted a 33rd place finish in the NCAA III Tournament.
Four of the seven fall NCAA championships have been completed with men’s and women’s soccer and football still to be completed. Calvin will pick up additional points from its men’s and women’s soccer teams when the final fall sports standings are released later in December.
The Learfield Sports 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. The competition was developed as a joint effort between the NACDA and USA Today.
Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in NCAA III Championship competition in up to 14 sports—seven for men and seven 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 24th in the final Division III standings with a total of 483.25 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.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s Web site.NACDA Web site