2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division III Fall Standings
Wittenberg University currently sits in 33rd-place to lead all North Coast Athletic Conference member institutions in the 2016-17 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup fall standings.
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.
As a league, the NCAC was among a group of four conferences that placed seven of its members in the Div. III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Fall Standings. The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) currently leads all Division III conference's with eight members in the fall standings.
The Wittenberg Tigers have totaled 128.00 points in the overall standings, based on NCAA postseason competition, led by the football team racking up 53.0 points by advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Championships with a 33-30 four-overtime victory over Thomas More in the opening round. The four overtimes marked the longest game ever played in the history of the Div. III football championships. The Tigers also garnered 50.0 points from their women's volleyball team that went 1-1 at the Calvin Regional and 25.0 points from the women's soccer team that competed in the Div. III tournament for the sixth time in program history.
Kenyon finished one spot behind Wittenberg in the overall standings in 34th-place with 126.00 points, thanks to its men's soccer team earning 73.0 points after advancing to the national quarterfinals for the second year in a row. KC also received 53.0 points from its field hockey team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament following a 2-1 overtime victory over Elizabethtown in the opening round.
Allegheny also cracked the top-40 in 38th-place with 121.50 points with a pair of top-20 showings from its cross country squads. The women's team collected 63.0 points after finishing 13th overall at the national meet, while the men's team earned 58.5 points with a 16th-place finish.
DePauw was the only other NCAC school to crack the top-100 in 56th with 100.00 points after its men's soccer team and women's volleyball squad both posted 1-1 records in their respective NCAA Tournaments.
Wabash is part of a five-way tie in 125th with 32.0 points following the Little Giants' 33rd-place finish in men's cross country. Denison and Ohio Wesleyan are tied with numerous schools for 130th with 25.0 points each. DU competed in the national tournament in women's soccer for the 16th time in history, while Ohio Wesleyan earned a spot in the men's soccer tournament for an NCAA-record 39th time in history.
Washington (MO) has the lead in the fall Div. III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings with 410.00 points, while Tufts sits in second (365.50) and Johns Hopkins is third overall (337.50).
To date, seven fall NCAA Div. III championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s cross country – Johns Hopkins; men’s cross country – North Central (IL); field hockey – Messiah; women's volleyball – Calvin; women’s soccer – Washington (MO); men’s soccer – Tufts; football – Mary Hardin-Baylor.