Hopkins Third in Final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Fall Rankings
Women's Cross Country National Title Fuels Third-Place Showing
Dec. 19, 2012
Johns Hopkins' All-Time Directors' Cup History
BALTIMORE, MD – On the strength of a national championship in women’s cross country and appearances in NCAA Championship competition by four other teams, Johns Hopkins University ranks third in the final 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings for the fall. The five Blue Jay teams accumulated 305 points to earn the third-place showing. Johns Hopkins is just 3.5 points from first place in the standings as Calvin (MI) totaled 308.5 points to grab the top spot, while Middlebury (VT) accumulated 306.5 points to narrowly edge JHU for second place. The third-place showing at the end of the fall is the highest in Johns Hopkins history.
There are more than 400 schools competing under the NCAA Division III banner and 184 of those schools scored points in the Directors’ Cup standings in the fall. Johns Hopkins, which has consecutive top 10 finishes in the Directors’ Cup Standings to its credit, added points in women’s soccer, football, men’s cross country and volleyball to go along with women’s cross country.
This is just the second time in school history that Johns Hopkins has been represented in five different NCAA Championships in the fall (2011) and JHU was one of just six teams in the nation to qualify five different teams to the NCAAs. Calvin, Middlebury, Emory (GA), Trinity (TX) and MIT joined Johns Hopkins with five NCAA-qualifying programs in the fall.
Head coach Bobby Van Allen’s women’s cross country team led the way for Johns Hopkins in the fall with the first national championship in program history. The title, which earned 100 points for JHU in the Directors’ Cup standings, is also the first national championship by a women’s team in school history and marks the sixth straight year the Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team has earned a trip to the NCAAs.
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 Quarterfinals for the third time in four years and accumulated 73 Directors’ Cup points. The Blue Jays picked up wins in the first two rounds of the NCAAs at Homewood Field before upsetting previously unbeaten Lynchburg in the Sweet 16. JHU’s run in the NCAAs ended in the quarterfinals at eventual national champion Messiah. Weil’s team has three trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals (2009, 2010, 2012) and two Sweet 16 appearances (2008, 2011) to its credit in the last five years.
The Johns Hopkins football team earned its second straight bid to the NCAA Playoffs and its fourth since 2005. Head coach Jim Margraff’s Blue Jays earned 53 Directors’ Cup points after advancing to the second round. The Blue Jays scored a 42-10 win over Washington & Jefferson at Homewood Field in the first round of the NCAAs before falling to eventual national champion Mount Union in the second round. Hopkins won its fourth straight Centennial Conference title this season and spent the entire 2012 season ranked in the top 20.
For the second consecutive year the Johns Hopkins men’s cross country team joined its women’s counterpart at the NCAAs and the men responded with a program-best 20th-place finish to earn 54 valuable Directors’ Cup points. The Blue Jays moved up six spots at the NCAA Championships this season after a 26th-place showing last year and counted just two seniors among the seven runners who competed at the NCAAs. Rounding out the five Johns Hopkins teams that earned points by competing the NCAA Championships was the Blue Jay volleyball team, which won its second straight Centennial Conference title and earned a second straight bid to the NCAAs to grab 25 Directors’ Cup Points. Despite a roster consisting of just three seniors and one junior, the Blue Jays posted a 29-4 record and played one of the most exciting matches in the NCAA Tournament - a five-set thriller in the first round of the NCAAs.
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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2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
Final Division III Fall Standings (12-19-2012) • Top 10
1. Calvin (MI) – 308.5 points
2. Middlebury (VT) – 306.5
3. Johns Hopkins – 305.0
4. Emory (GA) – 280.0
5. Messiah (PA) – 253.0
6. Williams (MA) – 246.0
7. Trinity (TX) – 245.5
8. Bowdoin (ME) – 242.5
9. MIT – 240.5
10. Washington University (MO) – 237.0
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