Hopkins Ranks Fifth in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standngs
Four Top-10 Finishes Propel JHU to Highest Ranking in School History
Dec. 23, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD - The final 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings for the fall have been released and Johns Hopkins ranks fifth in the NCAA Division III standings. The Blue Jays scored points in four sports and accumulated 276 points to earn the fifth-place showing, the highest in program history at the end of the fall. There are more than 400 schools competing under the NCAA Division III banner and 177 scored points in the Directors' Cup standings in the fall.
Johns Hopkins, which finished 18th in last year's Directors' Cup Standings and a program best 10th in 2006-07, scored points in men's and women's soccer, women's cross country and football in the fall.
Anchoring the program's efforts in the fall were the football and women's soccer teams, which advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The women's soccer team earned 73 Directors' Cup points, while the football team grabbed 70. Both teams won Centennial Conference Championships and the national quarterfinal appearances were the first for both teams.
A strong steady contributor of points in recent years has been the women's cross country team and the Blue Jays continued that trend this season with a program-best seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships to earn 69 points. The team added its second consecutive Centennial Conference and NCAA Mideast Regional titles to its list of recent accomplishments as well.
Rounding out JHU's four NCAA Tournament teams this fall was the men's soccer team, which advanced to the NCAA's Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year before being eliminated by eventual national champion Messiah. The Blue Jays earned 64 points for their run in the tournament, which came on the heels of a their eighth Centennial Conference title.
Williams currently ranks first in the Directors' Cup standings with 367 points, while Calvin (349), Washington University (319), Messiah (290) and Johns Hopkins round out the top five. Through the course of the year, points are awarded based on a school's finish in up to 18 sports - nine men and nine women - in NCAA Championships.
Johns Hopkins and Williams are the only two schools in the nation to have four or more teams place in the top 10 of their respective NCAA Championships.
2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Final Division III Fall Standings (12-23-2009)
1. Williams (MA) - 367
2. Calvin (MI) - 349
3. Washington (MO) - 319
4. Messiah (PA) - 290
5. Johns Hopkins - 276
6. Amherst (MA) - 225
7. Christopher Newport (VA) - 224
8. Salisbury (MD) - 214
9. Lynchburg (VA) - 200
10. Middlebury (VT) - 197
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