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Johns Hopkins Places Fifth in Final 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup Standings

A fourth national championship in five years for the women's cross country team landed 100 Directors' Cup points for Johns Hopkins in 2016-17.
June 1, 2017

Complete 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup Standings

BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins University earned its third top five finish in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings in the last four years with a fifth-place showing in the final 2016-17 standings, which were announced today. Johns Hopkins, which totaled 864.5 points this year, placed third in 2013-14 and a program-best second in 2014-15 to account for the other top five finishes in school history.

Since the Directors' Cup debuted during the 1995-96 school year, Johns Hopkins has 19 top-25 finishes to its credit, including a current streak of 11 straight. Hopkins has totaled at least 620 points in nine straight years and 10 of the last 11 with seven top-10 finishes during that time.

Williams continued its impressive run at the top of the Directors' Cup standings with its 20th title. The Ephs accumulated 1,335.25 points to top runner-up Washington-St. Louis, which totaled 1,227 points. Tufts (926.75) Claremont Mudd-Scripps (895) and Johns Hopkins round out the top five in the final team standings.

The Directors' Cup is awarded annually by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield and USA Today to the top overall athletic programs (Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA) in the country. Points in the standings are accumulated based on an institution's finish in up to 18 sports (nine men • nine women) in NCAA Championship play.

Johns Hopkins was represented in NCAA play by 15 teams this year with eight men's teams and seven women's teams qualifying for the post-season. Five teams in the fall and four in the winter qualified before six Blue Jay teams in the spring advanced to NCAA competition. The point-gathering for Hopkins' 15 NCAA-qualifying teams was spread consistently through the year with the fall teams leading the way with 337.5 points, while the winter (255) and spring teams (272) were nearly even in their contributions.

After the strong showings in the fall and winter, the Blue Jay men's and women's tennis teams led the way in the spring as the women advanced to the national quarterfinals to earn 73 points, while the men added 64 points with a run to the Sweet 16.

A four-game run in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional landed the baseball team 50 points in the Directors' Cup, while men's outdoor track (37 points), men's lacrosse (25) and women's outdoor track (23) rounded out the Blue Jay efforts in the spring.

Hopkins was one of just three schools in the nation to score 250 or more points in all three seasons. In addition to receiving balanced production from its fall, winter and spring teams, Johns Hopkins also demonstrated a remarkable balance between its men's and women's programs. Of the 864.5 points JHU accumulated, 441 came from men's teams and 423.5 came from women's programs.

2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup Final Division III Standings (6-1-2017)
Top 10 (a total of 325 schools accumulated points)
1. Williams (MA) - 1,335.25
2. Washington-St. Louis - 1,227.0
3. Tufts (MA) - 926.75
4. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CA) - 895.0
5. Johns Hopkins - 864.50
6. Wisconsin-Whitewater - 843.75
7. Middlebury (VT) - 836.50
8. Amherst (MA) -769.50
9. Emory (GA) - 765.25
10. Ithaca (NY) - 716.0

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)

Summary of JHU's 2016-17 NCAA Participating Teams (By Points Accumulated in Directors' Cup Standings)

100 - Women's Cross Country - Johns Hopkins earned its fourth NCAA Championship in the last five years. JHU has placed in the top four at the NCAAs in each of the last five years.

80 - Men's Swimming - The men's swimming team placed fourth at the NCAAs and continued its remarkable run of producing Directors' Cup points. Since the inception of the Directors' Cup in 1995-96, the men's swimming team has accumulated 1,588.25 points - the most of any team at Johns Hopkins.

73 - Women's Tennis - The Blue Jays stunned sixth-ranked Tufts in the Sweet 16 to earn a berth in the NCAA Quarterfinals. This was the 10th straight year that Hopkins has advanced to at least the Sweet 16.

70.5 - Men's Cross Country - A program-best eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships landed 70.5 points for head coach Bobby Van Allen's Blue Jays.

69 - Women's Swimming - The Blue Jays placed ninth at the NCAAs and have now accounted for 65 or more Directors' Cup points in each of the last seven years.

64 - Men's Tennis - Johns Hopkins lost its number one player midway through the season, but that didn't stop them from advancing to the Sweet 16. JHU has advanced to at least the round of 16 in each of the last nine years.

64 - Women's Soccer - The Blue Jays advanced to at least the Sweet 16 for the eighth time in program history - all eight have come in the last nine years.

61.5 - Men's Indoor Track - Hopkins was represented at the NCAA Men's Indoor Track Championships for the fourth consecutive year and placed 14th overall.

53 - Football - A school-record-tying 11 wins and a trip to the second round of the NCAAs for Jim Margraff's football team. The Blue Jays have won 11 games and reached the second round in three straight years.

50 - Baseball - Johns Hopkins made its ninth trip to the NCAAs in the last 11 years and the Blue Jays were one of the last three teams alive at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.

50 - Volleyball - Johns Hopkins parlayed a fourth Centennial Conference title in six years into its first win in the NCAA Tournament and 50 Directors' Cup points.

44.5 - Women's Indoor Track - This is the eighth time in nine years that the women's indoor track team has scored at the NCAAs.

37 - Men's Outdoor Track - Johns Hopkins placed 36th at the NCAAs in men's outdoor track on the strength of a national runner-up finish by Andrew Bartnett in the Pole Vault.

25 - Men's Lacrosse - Hopkins earned an at-large bid to the NCAAs and has qualified for the tournament in all but two years since 1971.

23 - Women's Outdoor Track - The Johns Hopkins women's outdoor track team made its eighth straight showing at the NCAAs and used a fourth-place finish by Felicia Koerner in the 10K to highlight its efforts and grab 23 points.

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