CLEVELAND, Ohio – The final Learfield Directors’ Cup winter standings for Division III has been announced, and four Landmark institutions made the list.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships. The Directors’ Cup Committee is reviewing the scoring structure for 2016-17 which will be finalized prior to the winter sports standings.
Elizabethtown College led the pack in 66th place with 120 total points. This winter, the Blue Jays picked up one Landmark Conference title in women’s indoor track & field. E-town upset nine-time champion Moravian to claim its first ever title in the sport since joining the Landmark. The women’s basketball team earned an appearance to the Landmark women’s basketball postseason, claiming the No. 4 seed.
The University of Scranton earned two conference titles in the winter. Men’s basketball earned its seventh title while the women’s team earned its second consecutive title and fifth overall. Both squads earned a spot in the NCAA tournament, with the men’s team advancing to the second round, while the women advanced to the Sweet 16. The Royals ended the winter season ranked 106th with 75 points in the Learfield standings.
Juniata College earned 64 points to rank 119th, while Susquehanna University rounded out the standings in 188th with 25 points. The River Hawks women’s swimming and diving team captured their seventh consecutive title while the men’s basketball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16.
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