Washington U. Athletics Finishes Fourth in Division III Directors' Cup

Washington U. Athletics Finishes Fourth in Division III Directors' Cup


St. Louis, Mo., June 5, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis finished fourth in the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division III standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The fourth-place finish is tied for the sixth-highest in school history and marks the Bears' eighth consecutive top-five appearance – 2012-13 (fifth), 2011-12 (second), 2010-11 (third), 2009-10 (third), 2008-09 (fourth), 2007-08 (second), 2006-07 (fifth). Washington University was fourth after the fall and winter standings. 

Williams College claimed its 17th Division III Learfield Sports Directors Cup title, finishing with 1,225.25 points. The Ephs have now won back-to-back titles and 17 out of 19 awarded since 1995-96. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater finished second with 1,134.75 points, while Johns Hopkins University was third with 977.50 points. Washington U. (924.50 points) and Amherst College (914.50 points) rounded out the top five.

Washington University was one of seven University Athletic Association (UAA) members within the top 100 in Division III - Washington U. (fourth), Emory University (sixth), University of Chicago (16th), New York University (47th), Carnegie Mellon University (54th), University of Rochester (77th) and Case Western Reserve University (88th).

Washington U. had 17 of 19 teams compete in NCAA Tournament action, and recorded seven top-10 finishes nationally. WUSTL also won 10 University Athletic Association (UAA) titles and posted a combined sports record of 212-64-4 (.764).

The men's cross country team had the highest national finish in the 2013-14 season, placing fourth in its third straight top-five finish. The Bears also had top-10 finishes by women's soccer (fifth), men's tennis (fifth), women's tennis (fifth), women's outdoor track & field (sixth), women's golf (seventh) and women's swimming & diving (eighth).

Washington U. also finished 13th in men's swimming & diving, 17th in football, men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball, 18th in men's outdoor track & field, 20th in women's indoor track & field, 21st in women's cross country, 33rd in softball and 58th in men's indoor track & field.

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.