Four MIAC institutions finish in Directors' Cup Top 100

Four MIAC institutions finish in Directors' Cup Top 100

Cleveland, Ohio -- Four Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) institutions have finished in the top 100 of the U.S. Sports Academy Division III Directors’ Cup standings for the 2007-08 academic year.

The University of St. Thomas led the MIAC by finishing 12th out of the over 400 Division III institutions in the nation with 594.25 points. The Tommies had seven top-25 national championship finishes during the 2007-08 season and scored points in 11 of 20 sports.

Gustavus Adolphus College followed St. Thomas with 524.25 points good for 22nd place. Saint John's University finished 40th with 369.00 points and Bethel University was the conference's fourth representative in the Top 100 finishing 86th with 234.50 points.

Other MIAC institutions placing in the final Directors' Cup Standings were: Carleton College (105th place, 175.5 points); St. Olaf College (133rd place, 147 points); Concordia College (165th place, 101.5 points); Augsburg College (186th place, 85 points); the College of Saint Benedict (244th place, 50 points); and Macalester College (265th place, 26.50 points).

Williams College (Mass.) won its 10th consecutive Division III Directors' Cup title with 1120.25 points. Washington University (Mo.) followed in second, the College of New Jersey was third, Amherst College (Mass.) was fourth and Middlebury College (Vt.) was fifth.

The Directors' Cup is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's, in which all sports that the NCAA or NAIA offers a championship, along with Division I-A football, and all student-athletes that compete in those sports, are treated equally. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women’s and nine men’s.

The Sports Academy Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The prestigious competition is sponsored by NACDA, the United States Sports Academy, and USA TODAY, and seeks to recognize the top overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.

Division III Directors' Cup Standings