Four From MIAC Place in Top 70 For NCAA Division III Directors' Cup

Four From MIAC Place in Top 70 For NCAA Division III Directors' Cup
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) had another strong showing this year in the NCAA Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
 
The University of St. Thomas lead the way placing 10th in the nation in the Director’s Cup, three other MIAC institutions placed in the top 70- Gustavus (20th), Carleton 50th), St. Olaf (70th).
 
UST’s 10th place finish came out of 424 Division III institutions. It was the second top-10 finish for the Tommies in the 15-year history of the competition. The Tommies scored points with NCAA placings in 13 of its 20 sports. It's the Toms best showing since a fourth-place finish in 2000. UST was just nine points out of seventh place. The Tommies' 670.25 points were their second-most ever. UST has placed in the top 40 in Division III all 15 years of the competition, including 11 top-25 finishes. UST had no top-four national team finishes but had nine top-25 placings.
 
Tommie women's teams tied for ninth in both volleyball and softball; took 13th in outdoor track; tied for 33rd in both basketball and soccer; and 33 in swimming. St. Thomas men's points came with a tie for fifth in football; a tie for ninth in hockey; 11th in swimming; a tie for 17th in baseball; 19th in cross country; 23rd in indoor track; and a tie for 33rd in men's basketball.

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
 
Williams (Mass.) captured their 12th consecutive Directors' Cup title with a total of 1292.25 points. Amherst (Mass.) placed second with 906 points followed by Washington Univ. (Mo.) with 859 points, Middlebury (Vt.) with 751 points, and Illinois Wesleyan with 704 points.

Division III Top 10 Placers
1. Williams (Mass) 1292.25
2. Amherst (Mass.) 815
3. Washington (Mo.) 899
4. Middlebury (Vt.) 813.50
5. Illinois Wesleyan 704.5
6. Tufts (Mass.) 699
7. UW-LaCrosse 678.75
8. College of New Jersey 677.5
9. Salisbury (Md.) 673.25
10.St. Thomas 670.25

MIAC Placements
10. St. Thomas 670.25
20. Gustavus 570
50. Carleton 304
70. St. Olaf 238.5
87. Bethel 210.50
98. Concordia-M'head 189
117. St. John's 165
176. Hamline 100.5
177. Macalester
177. Augsburg 100
205. St. Mary's 83
244. St. Benedict 25

NACDA Release