Hopkins Ranks Third in Final Fall Directors' Cup Standings
Five Teams Score Points to Fuel Third-Place Showing
BALTIMORE, MD – On the strength of a fourth national championship in five years in women’s cross country and appearances in NCAA Championship competition by four other teams, Johns Hopkins University ranks third in the final 2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings for the fall. The five Blue Jay teams accumulated 337.5 points to earn the third-place showing.
Washington-St. Louis totaled 410.0 points to grab the lead after the fall with Tufts (MA) ranking second with 365.5. In addition to Johns Hopkins at third, the top five in the final fall standings also include Calvin (MI) and Middlebury (VT), which accumulated 314.0 and 268.5 points, respectively.
The third-place showing is tied for the best at the conclusion of the fall for Johns Hopkins, which ranked third in the final fall standings in 2012 and 2013 as well.
There are more than 400 schools competing under the NCAA Division III banner and 189 of those schools scored points in the Directors’ Cup standings in the fall. Johns Hopkins, which has seven consecutive final top 15 finishes in the Directors’ Cup standings to its credit, added points in men’s cross country, women’s soccer, football and volleyball to go along with women’s cross country.
Head coach Bobby Van Allen’s women’s cross country team led the way for Johns Hopkins in the fall with its fourth national championship. The title earned 100 points for JHU in the Directors’ Cup standings and marks the 10th straight year the Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team has earned a trip to the NCAAs. The team has earned 733 Directors’ Cup points in the last 10 years and Johns Hopkins is the first Division III school to produce four women’s cross country national championships in a five-year span in more than 20 years.
Van Allen also guided the Blue Jay men’s cross country team to a program-best eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships; a showing that was good for 70.5 Directors’ Cup points. This is the sixth consecutive year that the Blue Jays have earned Directors’ Cup points and the eighth-place finish is three spots better than the previous program-best of 11th in 2013.
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 Sweet 16 for the eighth time in nine years and grabbed 64 Directors’ Cup points. Under Weil’s guidance, the Blue Jays have accumulated 762 all-time Directors’ Cup points, including 717 during their current 12-year run of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
The Johns Hopkins football team earned its sixth straight bid to the NCAA Playoffs and its eighth since 2005. Head coach Jim Margraff’s Blue Jays earned 53 Directors’ Cup points after advancing to the second round for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in five years. The Blue Jays scored a 42-21 win over Randolph-Macon at Homewood Field in the first round of the NCAAs before falling to defending national champion Mount Union, 28-21, in the second round. Hopkins won its eighth straight Centennial Conference title this season and spent the entire 2016 season ranked in the top 15 in the nation.
Rounding out Hopkins’ NCAA Tournament qualifiers in the fall was the volleyball team, which made its fourth trip to the tournament in the last six years. Head coach Tim Cole’s young squad grabbed 50 Directors’ Cup points as the Blue Jays upset nationally-ranked Christopher Newport in the first round for the first NCAA Tournament win in program history. Hopkins won its fourth Centennial Conference title in six years to earn an automatic bid to the tournament.
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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2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
Final Division III Fall Standings (12-22-2016) • Top 10
1 - Washington-St. Louis (410.0 points)
2 - Tufts (MA) (365.5)
3 - Johns Hopkins (337.5)
4 - Calvin (MI) (314.0)
5 - Middlebury (VT) (268.5)
6 - St. Thomas (MN) (257.0)
7 - Messiah (PA) (254.0)
8 - Wisconsin-Whitewater (248.0)
9 - Christopher Newport (VA) (223.0)
10 - Williams (MA) (222.0)
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