MADISON, Wis. (PRESS RELEASE)--Five Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) schools have finished in the top 23 of the 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings that recognize the best NCAA Division III overall athletics programs in the country.
UW-La Crosse led the conference quintet with a seventh-place finish after accumulating 678.75 points. UW-Stevens Point placed 12th with 654 points, UW-Whitewater 15th with 615.75 points, UW-Eau Claire 16th with 602.50 points and UW-Oshkosh 23rd with 541.50 points.
Additional finishes from WIAC institutions included: UW-Platteville tied for 88th with 210 points, UW-Stout 103rd with 178.75 points and UW-River Falls tied for 107th with 173 points. A total of 310 schools earned points in this year's competition.
This marked the fourth consecutive season that the conference landed at least four schools in the top 18 of the Directors Cup standings.
The WIAC claimed three NCAA Division III national championships during the 2009-10 academic year with UW-Eau Claire earning the walnut and bronze in women's cross country, UW-Stevens Point in men's basketball and UW-Whitewater in football. UW-La Crosse captured the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association crown in women's gymnastics.
Williams College (Mass.) secured its 12th straight Directors' Cup championship with 1292.25 points. Amherst College (Mass.) placed second with 905.75 points, Washington University (Mo.) third with 858.50 points, Middlebury College (Vt.) fourth with 751 points and Illinois Wesleyan University fifth with 704.25 points.
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.