Hopkins Places Program-Best Seventh in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings
June 6, 2013
BALTIMORE, MD – With four teams scoring points in the spring, Johns Hopkins capped the 2012-13 school year with a program-best seventh place finish in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The seventh-place finish marks Johns Hopkins’ third consecutive top-10 finish and is one spot better than the eighth-place showing for JHU in 2010-11. Johns Hopkins finished ninth in 2011-12.
In addition, Johns Hopkins accumulated a school-record 789.50 points in this year’s Directors’ Cup Standings to easily surpass the previous school record of 689.25 points, which JHU amassed last year. Hopkins has topped the 600-point mark six times in the last seven years, but this is the first time it has topped 700 points.
This year’s seventh-place finish also marks the fourth time in the last seven years that Johns Hopkins has placed in the top 10 in the final Directors’ Cup Standings. Since the Directors’ Cup debuted during the 1995-96 school year, Johns Hopkins has 15 top-25 finishes to its credit, including a current streak of seven straight.
Williams (MA) claimed the Directors’ Cup title for the 14th time in 15 years and the 16th time overall as the Ephs accumulated 1,273.75 points. Emory placed second with 986.5 points, while Middlebury (941.75), Wisconsin-Whitewater (895.0), Washington (MO) (859.50) and Amherst (802.80) rounded out the top six ahead of Johns Hopkins.
The Directors' Cup is awarded annually by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield Sports 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 13 of its teams this year.
After a strong start in the fall and a solid showing in the winter, Johns Hopkins rounded out the year with four teams competing in NCAA Championship competition in the spring with the four totaling 225 points.
The men's and women's tennis teams led the way for JHU in the spring as they combined for 137 points. The women’s team advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second straight year and grabbed 73 points, while the Blue Jay men moved to the Sweet 16 and added 64 points.
The Johns Hopkins women’s track and baseball teams also participated in the NCAAs this spring and added 63 and 25 points, respectively. Women’s track had a team-record five individuals earn All-America honors to fuel a 13th-place finish at the NCAAs, while the baseball team played three games at the regional championship before being eliminated.
Johns Hopkins accumulated 305.0 points in the fall, 259.5 points in the winter and the 225 in the spring. Hopkins was one of just five schools in the nation to score 225 or more points in all three seasons.
Five NCAA-qualifying teams in the fall helped Hopkins get off to a quick start this year. The highlight of the year came on the third Saturday in November, when head coach Bobby Van Allen’s women’s cross country team claimed the first national championship in program history and earned 100 Directors’ Cup points. The balanced effort in the fall also included 73 points from women’s soccer, 54 from men’s cross country, 53 from football and 25 from volleyball. JHU ranked third in the Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the fall season.
Johns Hopkins once again benefitted from strong showings from its men’s and women’s swimming teams in the winter as they totaled 155 points between them. The men placed fourth at the NCAA Championships to earn 80 points, while the women added 75 points with a fifth-place finish.
A pair of 21st-place finishes at the NCAAs by the women’s indoor track and wrestling teams added another 104.5 Directors’ Cup points in the winter. Annie Monagle’s third-place finish in the mile led the way for the track team, while senior Paul Marcello finished as the national runner-up at 141 pounds to pace the wrestling team.
2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Final Division III Standings (6-6-13)
Top 10 (a total of 330 schools accumulated points)
1. Williams – 1,273.75
2. Emory – 986.5
3. Middlebury – 941.75
4. Wisconsin-Whitewater – 895.0
5. Washington University – 859.5
6. Amherst – 802.8
7. Johns Hopkins – 789.5
8. Tufts – 752.0
9. St. Thomas – 742.0
10. MIT – 725.75
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 (789.5)
Summary of JHU's 2012-13 NCAA Participating Teams (By Points Accumulated in Directors' Cup Standings)
100 – Women’s Cross Country – The first national-championship in program history landed the Blue Jays 100 Directors’ Cup points. Hopkins has placed in the top 15 at the NCAAs in each of the last five years.
80 - Men's Swimming - The Blue Jays added a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships to one of the most storied records in Division III swimming history.
75 - Women's Swimming - The women's swimming team placed fifth at the NCAAs to earn 75 points. The fifth-place finish marks the 16th time since 1988 that JHU has placed in the top 10 at the NCAAs.
73 – Women’s Tennis – Johns Hopkins made its second straight trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals to earn 73 points.
73 - Women's Soccer - The Blue Jays made a stunning run to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third time in five years despite being decimated by injuries throughout the season.
64 – Men’s Tennis – Hopkins qualified for the NCAAs for the seventh straight year and advanced to the Sweet 16.
63 - Women's Outdoor Track – Five individuals earned All-America honors for the Blue Jays, who parlayed those efforts into a 13th-place finish at the NCAAs – good for 63 points.
54 – Men’s Cross Country – JHU placed a program-best 20th at the NCAA Championships and grabbed 54 crucial Directors’ Cup points. It was JHU’s second straight trip to the NCAAs.
53 - Football – Head coach Jim Margraff’s Blue Jays rolled to a 9-1 record in the regular season, won a home NCAA playoff game for the first time in school history and advanced to the second round of the NCAAs.
52.5 - Women's Indoor Track – Led by an individual All-American and an All-America relay team, JHU placed 21st at the NCAAs and earned 52.5 points.
52 - Wrestling – Senior Paul Marcello’s stunning run to the national championship match earned 52 Directors’ Cup points for JHU.
25 – Baseball – Johns Hopkins returned to the NCAAs for the sixth time in seven years and grabbed 25 points.
25 - Volleyball – A second straight trip to the NCAAs for the volleyball team added 25 Directors’ Cup points.
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