2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division III Winter Update
Kenyon College currently sits in 28th-place to lead all North Coast Athletic Conference member institutions in the 2016-17 Division III Learfield Directors' Cup winter standings.
The Learfield 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 Lords & Ladies elevated into the top-30 in 28th-place with 301.00 total points after accumulating 175.00 points in the winter season, based on NCAA postseason competition, highlighted by the Ladies finishing second overall at the 2017 NCAA Div. III Swimming & Diving Championships and the Lords finishing third overall on the men's side at the national meet.
DePauw is the only other NCAC team to crack the top-50 in 41st with 234.50 points, led by the women's basketball team collecting 50 total points after competing in the NCAA Tournament for the 14th year in a row. The Tigers also racked up points from a pair of swimmers at the national meet, as senior Angela Newlon (O'Fallon, IL/O'Fallon Twp.) logged a top-eight finish in the 500 freestyle and junior Sam McManus (Terrace Park, OH/Mariemont) logged a pair of top-eight finishes in the 100 breastroke and 200 breaststroke.
Denison jumped up 78 spots in the standings into a tie for 52nd with Gustavus Adolphus with 202.00 points each after making national appearances in the winter season in three different sports. The Big Red men's swimming & diving team earned 85.0 total points after finishing third overall at the NCAA Championships, while the women's team finished fourth at the national meet to accumulate 80.0 total points. In addition, DU sophomore Ajai Brooks (Washington, D.C./Washington Latin Public Charter) secured 12.0 points for the women's indoor track & field team after placing seventh overall in the finals of the 60-meter dash at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Wittenberg, which led all NCAC teams in the fall update in 33rd-place, remains in the top-100 in a three-way tie for 97th-place despite being held scoreless in the winter season, while Allegheny is the next highest NCAC team in 103rd-place with 121.50 total points.
The Wabash Little Giants sit just three spots behind the Gators in 106th thanks in part to a third-place showing from their wrestling team at the 2017 NCAA Championships.
Ohio Wesleyan racked up 84.50 points during the winter season and now sits 109th overall with 109.50 points after three student-athletes posted All-American performances at indoor track & field nationals, led by freshman Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) winning the national title in the women's high jump. In addition, senior Sarah Fowler (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) finished fourth in the women's 5,000-meter run and junior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) checked in at fifth in the men's heptathlon.
Oberlin picked up its first points of the season at the indoor track & field championships and sits in 180th with 55.50 points after three different Yeowomen earned All-American honors at the national meet. Junior Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) led the trio by winning the program's first-ever national title at the indoor meet with a school-record toss of 51'00.75" in the shot put. A pair of Oberlin throwers also climbed the podium with eighth-place finishes in their respective events, including junior Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) in the weight throw and freshman Naeisha McClain (Columbus, GA/Brookstone) in the shot put.
Finally, Wooster earned its first points of the 2016-17 academic year and currently sits in a tie with numerous teams for 231st-place with 25.00 points after the men's basketball team competed in the NCAA Tournament for the 15th year in a row.
Washington (MO) has the lead in the 2016-17 Leafield Directors' Cup Division III Winter Standings with 837.00 points, while Williams is second with 705.25 and Tufts is third with 699.00.
To date, all nine winter Division III championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s basketball – Amherst; men’s basketball – Babson; women’s ice hockey – Plattsburgh State; men’s ice hockey – Norwich; women’s swimming – Emory; men’s swimming – Emory; women’s indoor track & field – Williams; men’s indoor track & field – Wisconsin La Crosse; and wrestling – Wartburg.