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Johns Hopkins Ranks 18th in Directors' Cup Standings

Jan. 1, 2016

Final 2015-16 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Fall Standings

BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins scored in four different sports and totaled 187.0 points to rank 18th in the final 2015-16 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for the fall. Washington-St Louis leads the way with 337.50 points and is followed by Calvin (315 points), Williams (315), MIT (268) and Amherst (267.5) in the top five.

There are more than 400 schools competing under the NCAA Division III banner and 187 of those schools scored points in the Directors’ Cup standings in the fall. Johns Hopkins, which has five consecutive final top 10 finishes and nine straight top 20 finishes in the Directors’ Cup Standings to its credit, scored points in women’s cross country, football, men’s cross country and women’s soccer to accumulate its 187 points.

Head coach Bobby Van Allen’s women’s cross country team led the way for Johns Hopkins in the fall with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The showing earned 80 points for JHU in the Directors’ Cup standings and marks the ninth straight year the Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team has earned a trip to the NCAAs. The women’s cross country team has earned 633 Directors’ Cup points for Johns Hopkins in the last nine years.

The Johns Hopkins football team earned its fifth straight bid to the NCAA Playoffs and its seventh since 2005. Head coach Jim Margraff’s Blue Jays earned 53 Directors’ Cup points after advancing to the second round for the third time in four seasons. The Blue Jays scored a 52-20 win over Western New England at Homewood Field in the first round of the NCAAs before falling to Wesley, 42-37, in the second round. Hopkins won its seventh straight Centennial Conference title this season and spent the entire 2015 season ranked in the top 20.

Leo Weil’s women’s soccer team once again contributed valuable points for Johns Hopkins in the fall as the Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th consecutive season and accumulated 25 Directors’ Cup points after falling to Bowdoin, 3-2, in the first round. Weil’s team has one appearance in the NCAA Semifinals (2014), four trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and two Sweet 16 appearances (2008, 2011) to its credit in the last eight years; the Blue Jays have accumulated 528 Directors’ Cup points during that time.

Rounding out Johns Hopkins’ four NCAA participants in the fall was the men’s cross country team, which qualified senior Ryan Schwartz for the championships. Schwartz placed 59th in the field of 280 competitors and earned 29 Directors’ Cup 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. Through the course of the year, Directors’ Cup points are awarded based on a school’s finish in up to 18 sports – nine men and nine women – in NCAA Championships.

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2015-16 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
Final Division III Fall Standings (12-24-2015) • Top 20
1. Washington (MO) – 337.50 points
2T. Calvin (MI) – 315.0
2T. Williams (MA) – 315.0
4. MIT – 268.0
5. Amherst (MA) – 267.50
6. Bowdoin (ME) – 263.0
7. Wisconsin-Oshkosh – 243.0
8. Wisconsin-Whitewater – 231.0
9. Chicago – 224.0
10. St. Lawrence (NY) – 223.0
11. Middlebury (VT) – 220.50
12. Claremont-Mudd Scripps (CA) – 210.0
13. Wisconsin-Eau Claire – 208.50
14. SUNY Oneonta – 206.50
15. Tufts (MA) – 193.0
16. St. Olaf (MN) – 191.0
17. Haverford (PA) – 187.50
18. Johns Hopkins – 187.0
19. Wisconsin-La Crosse – 183.50
20. Trinity (TX) – 183.0

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