CLEVELAND, OH (Press Release) – After the completion and ranking of the first six NCAA Division III National Championships, the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point ranks 16th in the second edition of the 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, a program designed to recognize the best NCAA Division III overall athletic programs in the country.
The Pointers accumulated 168.0 points as of December 7 thanks to top national finishes by women's soccer and both the men's and women's cross country teams.
Washington University (Mo.) leads the 165 schools ranked in the first edition of the Division III standings with a total of 336.00 after three of their fall teams finished in the top-10 in their respective championships. Calvin (Mich.) is second, Middlebury (Vt.) third, Messiah (Pa.) fourth and Williams (Mass.) rounds out the top five.
Fellow Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) foe UW-Oshkosh ranks ninth standings while UW-Platteville (21st) and UW-Eau Claire (24th) also appear in the top-25.
Six of the seven fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men's cross country - Haverford (Pa.); women's cross country - Middlebury (Vt.); women's volleyball - Calvin (Mich.); field hockey – Bowdoin (Maine); men's soccer – Messiah (Pa.); women's soccer – Hardin-Simmons (Tex.).
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.
The final Division III fall standings will be released Thursday, December 23.
Courtesy: UWSP Press Release