Hopkins 4th in Final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Fall Rankings
Women's Cross Country National Championship, Three Other NCAA Teams Bolster Ranking
BALTIMORE, MD – On the strength of a third consecutive national championship in women’s cross country and appearances in NCAA Championship competition by three other teams, Johns Hopkins University ranks fourth in the final 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings for the fall. The four Blue Jay teams accumulated 284 points to earn the fourth-place showing. Johns Hopkins is just 29.5 points from first place in the standings as MIT totaled 313.5 points to grab the top spot, while Williams (307) and Christopher Newport (298) rank second and third, respectively. The fourth-place showing is the second best at the conclusion of the fall for Johns Hopkins, which ranked third in the final fall standings in 2012 and 2013. Tufts (260.5) rounds out the top five.
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 four consecutive final top 10 finishes in the Directors’ Cup Standings to its credit, added points in women’s soccer, football and men’s cross country 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 third straight national championship. The title earned 100 points for JHU in the Directors’ Cup standings and marks the eighth straight year the Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team has earned a trip to the NCAAs. The women’s cross country team has earned 553 Directors’ Cup points for Johns Hopkins in the last eight years.
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 Semifinals for the first time in school history and accumulated 83 Directors’ Cup points. The Blue Jays picked up wins in the first two rounds of the NCAAs at Homewood Field before advancing to the final four for the first time with wins against Carnegie Mellon and Thomas More in the Sweet 16 and NCAA Quarterfinals, respectively. JHU’s run in the NCAAs ended in the semifinals with a tight 1-0 loss to Williams. Weil’s team now has one appearance in the NCAA Semifinals (2014), four trips to the NCAA Quarterfinals (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and two Sweet 16 appearances (2008, 2011) to its credit in the last seven years; the Blue Jays have accumulated 503 Directors’ Cup points during that time.
The Johns Hopkins football team earned its fourth straight bid to the NCAA Playoffs and its sixth since 2005. Head coach Jim Margraff’s Blue Jays earned 53 Directors’ Cup points after advancing to the second round for the second time in three seasons. The Blue Jays scored a 24-16 win over Rowan at Homewood Field in the first round of the NCAAs before falling at Hobart, 24-21, in the second round. Hopkins won its sixth straight Centennial Conference title this season and spent the entire 2014 season ranked in the top 20.
For the fourth consecutive year the Johns Hopkins men’s cross country team joined its women’s counterpart at the NCAAs and the men responded with a 26th-place finish to earn 48 Directors’ Cup points. In its four seasons of qualifying for the NCAAs as a team, the Blue Jays have earned 190 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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Final Division III Fall Standings (12-23-2014) • Top 10
1. MIT – 313.50 points
2. Williams (MA) – 307.0
3. Christopher Newport (VA) – 298.0
4. Johns Hopkins – 284.0
5. Tufts (MA) – 260.5
6. Calvin (MI) – 255.0
7T. Amherst (MA) – 249.0
7T. Washington University (MO) – 249.0
9T. Emory (GA) 230.0
9T. Mount Union (OH) - 230.0
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