Washington U. Athletics in 10th Place in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Fall Standings
St. Louis, Mo., December 6, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis Department of Athletics sits in 10th place in the 2012-13 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Thursday.
Washington University totaled 237 points in the fall season, and trails first-place Calvin College by 71.5 points. Middlebury College (306.5 points), Emory University (280 points), Williams College (277.5) and Messiah College (253 points) round out the top five.
The Bears earned their top-10 standing by scoring in four of the six championships conducted to date. Washington U. had three top-10 finishes in the fall, highlighted by a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championship by men’s cross country and a quarterfinal appearance by women’s soccer. In addition, the volleyball team advanced to the Sectional Championship to tie for ninth place.
Six of the seven fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s cross country – Johns Hopkins; men’s cross country - North Central; field hockey – Tufts; volleyball – St. Thomas; men’s soccer – Messiah; and women’s soccer – Messiah.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (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 Wednesday, Dec. 19.