Hopkins Places 12th in Final Learfield Directors' Cup Standings
BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins University continued its run near the top of the Learfield Directors' Cup standings with a 12th-place finish in the final standings for 2015-16. The 12th-place showing marks the seventh consecutive top-15 finish for Johns Hopkins, which accumulated 703 points, the fourth-highest total in school history.
Since the Directors' Cup debuted during the 1995-96 school year, Johns Hopkins has 18 top-25 finishes to its credit, including a current streak of 10 straight. Hopkins has totaled at least 620 points in eight straight years and nine of the last 10 with six top-10 finishes during that time.
Williams continued its impressive run at the top of the Directors' Cup standings with its 19th title. The Ephs accumulated 1,098.25 points to edge runner-up Washington-St. Louis, which totaled 1,013 points. Emory (969 points), Tufts (882.25) and Middlebury (860.5) 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 post-season play. Four teams in the fall and four in the winter qualified before all seven Blue Jay teams in the spring advanced to NCAA competition to total 303 of the 703 points on the year.
The Blue Jay men's and women's tennis teams led the way in the spring as the men advanced to the national quarterfinals to earn 73 points, while the women added 64 points with a run to the Sweet 16.
The women's lacrosse and men's track teams both added 53 points. Women's lacrosse advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a first-round win against Virginia, while men's track got a pair of top-three finishes from junior Andrew Bartnett (Decathlon, Pole Vault) to highlight a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Rounding out Hopkins' efforts in the spring were the men's lacrosse (25 points), baseball (25) and women's track teams (10), which combined for 60 Directors' Cup points.
Johns Hopkins accumulated 187 points in the fall, 213 points in the winter and the 303 in the spring. Hopkins was one of just nine schools in the nation to score 185 or more points in all three seasons.
Highlighting the 213-point effort in the winter for Johns Hopkins were the men's and women's swimming teams, which placed fourth and fifth, respectively, at the NCAA Championships to combine for 155.0 points.
The quick start in the fall was fueled by a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships for head coach Bobby Van Allen's women's cross country team (80 points) and an appearance in the second round of the NCAAs by Jim Margraff's football team.
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 703 points JHU accumulated, 386 came from men's teams and 317 came from women's programs.
2015-16 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Final Division III Standings (6-9-16)
Top 15 (a total of 323 schools accumulated points)
1. Williams (MA) - 1,098.25
2. Washington-St. Louis - 1,013.0
3. Emory (GA) - 969.0
4. Tufts (MA) - 882.25
5. Middlebury (VT) - 860.50
6. MIT - 843.0
7. Amherst (MA) - 796.50
8. Wisconsin-Whitewater - 786.0
9. St. Thomas (MN) - 780.0
10T. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps - 703.50
10T. Wisconsin-La Crosse - 703.5
12. Johns Hopkins - 703.0
13. Stevens (NJ) - 659.50
14. Chicago (IL) - 643.5
15. Bowdoin (ME) - 616.50
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)
Summary of JHU's 2015-16 NCAA Participating Teams (By Points Accumulated in Directors' Cup Standings)
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 1,508.25 points - the most of any team at Johns Hopkins.
80 - Women's Cross Country - Johns Hopkins placed fourth at the NCAA Championships. JHU has placed in the top four in each of the last four years.
75 - Women's Swimming - The Blue Jays placed fifth at the NCAAs and have now accounted for 70 or more Directors' Cup points in each of the last six years.
73 - Men's Tennis - Johns Hopkins made a stunning run to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third straight year and the fourth time in the last five years.
64 - Women's Tennis - Hopkins made its ninth straight trip to the Sweet 16.
53 - Football - A school-record-tying 11 wins and a trip to the second round of the NCAAs for Jim Margraff's football team.
53 - Women's Lacrosse - Hopkins returned to the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive year by earning an at-large berth in its final year as an independent.
53 - Men's Outdoor Track - Johns Hopkins placed 21st at the NCAAs in men's outdoor track.
48 - Men's Indoor Track - Hopkins was represented at the NCAA Men's Indoor Track Championships for the third consecutive year.
29 - Men's Cross Country - Quietly one of 10 Johns Hopkins teams that has earned Directors' Cup points in each of the last five years.
25 - Baseball - Johns Hopkins made its eighth trip to the NCAAs in the last 10 years.
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.
25 - Women's Soccer - The Blue Jays won the Centennial Conference title to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
10 - Women's Outdoor Track - The Johns Hopkins women's outdoor track team made its seventh straight showing at the NCAAs and used a fifth-place finish by Jenn Su in the Heptathlon to highlight its efforts and grab 10 points.
10 - Women's Indoor Track - This is the seventh time in eight years that the women's indoor track team has scored at the NCAAs.
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