CLEVELAND, Ohio – Nine North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) institutions appeared in the final 2018-19 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. Denison led all conference schools, compiling 409.5 points for a 39th-place finish.
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 NCAA Tournament finish in up to 18 sports – nine women’s and nine men’s.
Denison finished 39th among 340 institutions that received Directors’ Cup points. The Big Red added 174.5 points in the spring season, after totaling 235 points in the fall and winter seasons. 73 of Denison’s spring points came from the men’s lacrosse team finishing in fifth place, while 64 points came from women’s lacrosse (9th) and 37.5 points came from baseball (33rd).
Kenyon was the next highest ranked NCAC institution in 47th, totaling 367 points. The Lords & Ladies added 128 points this spring on a pair of ninth-place finishes from the men’s and women’s tennis programs.
DePauw finished 66th with 279 points, adding 125 points in the spring from a fifth-place finish in women’s golf (75 pts) and a 17th-place showing from the softball team (50 pts).
Wittenberg produced a 103rd-place finish, compiling 187.5 points in 2018-19. The Tiger men’s golf team added 73.5 points this spring with a sixth-place effort at nationals.
Wooster’s baseball team advanced to super regionals this spring, collecting a total of 64 points for its school. The Fighting Scots finished 139th as a department, amassing 139 points overall.
Allegheny compiled 114 points in 2018-19, finishing in 173rd place. The Gators compiled 63 points in the fall and 51 points in the winter.
Wabash, a male-only institution, registered a 190th-place finish, collecting 97.25 points this season. The Little Giants added 14 points from the outdoor track & field team this spring, finishing in 57th at the national championships.
Oberlin added 11.5 points in the spring after its women’s outdoor track & field team finished in 60th place at nationals. The Yeowomen and Yeomen ended 2018-19 with 57.5 points overall, good for 239th place.
Ohio Wesleyan came home in 268th place, picking up 47.5 points from its women’s outdoor track & field team finishing 23rd at the national championships.
Williams College won the 2018-19 Division III Directors’ Cup with 1,117 total points. It’s the Ephs 22nd Directors’ Cup title in program history. Johns Hopkins finished in second (1,083.75) while Washington-St. Louis came away third (1,032.75).