Johns Hopkins Ranks Third in Final Fall Directors' Cup Standings
Five NCAA Participants Help JHU Match Best Fall Finish
Dec. 24, 2013
BALTIMORE, MD – With a national championship in women’s cross country and four other teams participating in NCAA Championship competition, Johns Hopkins University ranks third in the final 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings for the fall. The five Blue Jay teams accumulated 289 points to earn the third-place showing. Williams College accumulated 376 points to claim the top spot in the fall rankings, while Middlebury ranks second with 310 points. The third-place showing at the end of the fall matches the highest in Johns Hopkins history as JHU was ranked third at the end of the fall rankings last year 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 three 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 third time in school history that Johns Hopkins has been represented in five different NCAA Championships in the fall (2011, 2012) and JHU was one of just three teams in the nation to qualify five different teams to the NCAAs. Williams and Washington (MO) joined Johns Hopkins with five NCAA-qualifying programs in the fall.
Head coach Bobby Van Allen’s women’s cross country team once again led the way for Johns Hopkins in the fall with its second consecutive national championship. The title earned 100 points for JHU in the Directors’ Cup standings and marks the seventh straight year the Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team has earned a trip to the NCAAs.
Ranked in the top 10 throughout the season, Leo Weil’s women’s soccer team once again contributed valuable points for Johns Hopkins as the Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fourth time in five 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 knocking off Williams in the Sweet 16; JHU’s run in the NCAAs ended in the quarterfinals at Middlebury. Weil’s team has four trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 ) and two Sweet 16 appearances (2008, 2011) to its credit in the last six years.
For the third consecutive year the Johns Hopkins men’s cross country team joined its women’s counterpart at the NCAAs and the men responded with an 11th-place finish – the highest in school history - to earn 66 Directors’ Cup points. The Blue Jays moved up nine spots at the NCAA Championships this season after a then program-best 20th-place showing last year.
The Johns Hopkins football team earned its third straight bid to the NCAA Playoffs and its fourth since 2009. Head coach Jim Margraff’s Blue Jays earned 25 Directors’ Cup points after falling, 29-24, to Wesley in the first round. Hopkins won its fifth straight Centennial Conference title this season and spent the entire 2013 season ranked in the top 20.
Rounding out the five Johns Hopkins teams that earned points by competing in NCAA Championships play was the Blue Jay volleyball team, which won its third straight Centennial Conference title and made its third consecutive trip to the NCAAs to grab 25 Directors’ Cup points.
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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2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
Final Division III Fall Standings (12-24-2013) • Top 10
1. Williams (MA) – 376.0 points
2. Middlbury (VT) – 310
3. Johns Hopkins – 289
4T. Trinity (TX) – 281
4T. Washington (MO) – 281
6. Calvin (MI) – 269
7. Emory (GA) – 231
8. Wartburg (IA) – 209
9. Montclair St. (NJ) – 207
10. Mount Union (OH) - 203
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