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Hopkins Places Seventh in Final Learfield Directors' Cup Standings

May 31, 2018

Jill Guise
By Ernie Larossa
Associate AD/Director of Athletic Communications
Final 2017-18 Learfield Directors' Cup Standings  |  Johns Hopkins All-Time Directors' Cup History


BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins University earned its seventh top 10 finish in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings in the last eight years with a seventh-place showing in the final 2017-18 standings, which were announced today. Johns Hopkins totaled 883.25 points to earn its seventh-place showing and missed out on a sixth-place finish by just one-quarter of a point.

Since the Directors’ Cup debuted during the 1995-96 school year, Johns Hopkins has 20 top-25 finishes to its credit, including a current streak of 12 straight. Hopkins has totaled at least 620 points in 10 straight years and 11 of the last 12 with eight top-10 finishes during that time.

Williams continued its impressive run at the top of the Directors’ Cup standings with its 21st title. The Ephs accumulated 1,126.50 points to top runner-up MIT, which totaled 1,001.5 points. Claremont-Mudd Scripps (939.5 points), Emory (936.05), Middlebury (905), Washington-St. Louis (883.5), Johns Hopkins (883.25), Tufts (787.5), Amherst (773.5) and Ithaca (760.5) round out the top 10 in the final team 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. 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. New in 2017-18 is the stipulation that four of the 18 sports counted for every school must be men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball – even if those teams do not score in those sports.

Johns Hopkins was represented in NCAA play by 18 teams this year with 10 men’s teams and eight women’s teams qualifying for the post-season. Per scoring guidelines, points accumulated by the Blue Jay men’s outdoor track team (the lowest point total among the 10 scoring JHU men’s teams) were not counted in Hopkins’ final total.

After strong showings in the fall and winter, the Blue Jay men’s and women’s tennis teams led the way in the spring as both teams advanced to the Sweet 16 to earn 64 points.

The Blue Jay men’s and women’s lacrosse teams also both qualified for the NCAAs with the men making a run to the quarterfinals. The men earned 60 Directors’ Cup points while the women added 25 for their first-round appearance.

Rounding out the spring scoring teams for Johns Hopkins was the women’s track team, which earned 8.75 points in the final Directors’ Cup standings. For the record, the men’s track team earned 5.0 Directors’ Cup points that were not counted in the final total.

Hopkins was one of just seven schools in the nation to score 220 or more points in all three seasons and one of six to score 275 or more in two different seasons.

2017-18 Learfield Directors' Cup Final Division III Standings (5-31-2018)
Top 10 (a total of 328 schools accumulated points)
1. Williams (MA) – 1,126.5 points
2. MIT – 1,001.5
3. Claremont-Mudd Scripps (CA) - 939.5
4. Emory (GA) – 936.05
5. Middlebury (VT) – 905.0
6. Washington-St. Louis (MO) – 883.5
7. Johns Hopkins – 883.25
8. Tufts (MA) – 787.5
9. Amherst (MA) – 773.5
10. Ithaca (NY) – 760.5

Johns Hopkins’ All-Time Final Directors’ Cup Rankings
1995-96 – 49th (220 points)
1996-97 – 16th (352)
1997-98 – 24th (210)
1998-99 – 25th (200)
1999-00 – 22nd (347)
2000-01 – 30th (342.5)
2001-02 – 23rd (371.5)
2002-03 – 14th (482)
2003-04 – 16th (469.5)
2004-05 – 22nd (363.25)
2005-06 – 36th (324.25)
2006-07 – 10th (686.25)
2007-08 – 16th (577.5)
2008-09 – 18th (620.5)
2009-10 – 13th (638)
2010-11 – 8th (688)
2011-12 – 9th (689.25)
2012-13 – 7th (789.50)
2013-14 – 3rd (977.50)
2014-15 – 2nd (1,016.75)
2015-16 – 12th (703)
2016-17 – 5th (864.50)
2017-18 – 7th (883.25)

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