WUSTL Athletics in First Place in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings
St. Louis, Mo., December 8, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis Department of Athletics sits in first place in the 2011-12 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Washington University totaled 372 points in the fall season, and has a 13-point lead over second-place Middlebury College (359 points). Amherst College sits in third place with 264 points, with Calvin College (262 points) and Williams College (230 points) rounding out the top five.
The Bears earned their spot atop the standings by scoring in five of the six championships conducted to date. Washington U. won the 2011 NCAA Division III women’s cross country national championship to lead four teams in the top-10. The national title for women’s cross-country was the first in school history.
In addition, the men’s cross-country team placed third, the women’s soccer team was fifth, the women’s volleyball team was ninth and the men’s soccer team had a 17th place finish.
Six of the seven fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men’s cross country – North Central (Ill.); women’s cross country – Washington University; women’s volleyball – Wittenberg; field hockey – College of New Jersey; men’s soccer – Ohio Wesleyan; women’s soccer – Messiah (Pa.).
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women’s and nine men’s.
The final Division III fall standings will be released Thursday, December 21.