MIAC institutions finish strong in Final Directors' Cup Standings

MIAC institutions finish strong in Final Directors' Cup Standings

Cleveland, Ohio -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) concluded one of the most successful seasons in recent history with a strong showing in the NCAA Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

Gustavus Adolphus College placed eighth with 765 points and the University of St. Thomas was 13th with 702 points in the final Division III standings. The Gusties and Tommies were followed by four other MIAC institutions in the top 100 and five more conference institutions being ranked in the overall standings.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the NACDA and USA Today. The Directors’ Cup, which is the only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, is awarded to four-year institutions in the NCAA and NAIA with the best overall athletic programs.  

Gustavus' 765 point total is the most ever scored by a MIAC institution in the Directors' Cup competition.
Gustavus scored 424 points in the spring season, which was the second highest total in Division III behind champion Williams. Gustavus recorded top-five national finishes in men’s ice hockey (2nd), softball (3rd), women’s golf (3rd), men’s tennis (5th), women’s tennis (5th), women’s ice hockey (5th). 

St. Thomas' 702 was the institution's most ever in the 14-year history of the standings. The Tommies scored in 13 of 22 sports, led by top-five national team finishes in baseball (1st), men’s outdoor track and field (3rd), and men’s basketball (5th).

Carleton College was next with 377 points, good for 35th place. Following the Knights were: Saint John's University (62nd place, 260.50 points), Bethel University (79th place, 220.50 points), St. Olaf College (85th place, 212 points), Concordia College-Moorhead (122nd place, 155 points), Augsburg College (126th place, 154 points), College of Saint Benedict (139th place, 137 points), Hamline University (222nd place, 65 points), and Macalester College (229th place, 59 points).

Williams (Mass.) captured their 11th consecutive Directors' Cup title with a total of 1066.50 points. Middlebury (Vt.) placed second with 923 points followed by Amherst (Mass.) with 910 points, Washington Univ. (Mo.) with 873 points, and Cortland State (N.Y.) with 861 points.

In Division III, standings are based on national tournament finishes in 18 sports with points awarded based on the number of teams participating in each specific national championship. Saint John's (men) and Saint Benedict (women) are single-gender institutions and their point totals only reflect points from one gender. 

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.nacda.com.

Directors' Cup Final Standings