All eight UAA teams in Director’s Cup top-65

Peter Cooke, Sports Editor

With the final fall rankings of the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup having been released, the rest of the country is even more aware of what Case Western Reserve University and University Athletic Association student athletes have known all along: that the UAA is consistently the best conference in the nation. All eight UAA institutions are ranked in the top-65 teams in the Directors cup standings that aggregate each school’s performance in all sports that they compete in. The average position for the UAA schools is 32.25, the best in Division III.

Emory University had an exceptional fall campaign as the Eagles recorded a runner-up finish in women’s soccer and a ninth-place finish in volleyball. The Eagles were conference champions in volleyball and finished third in soccer. Emory also scored high in men’s soccer (17th), women’s cross country (31st) and men’s cross country (33rd).

Washington University is the UAA’s only other team in the top-10, sitting in 10th place. The Bears finished fifth in the nation in both men’s cross country and women’s soccer. Washington also finished 9th in volleyball and 33rd in men’s soccer.

Carnegie Mellon University (14th), University of Rochester (25th), Brandeis University (38th), University of Chicago (48th), New York University (51st), and Case Western Reserve University (65th) are the other six schools in the top-65.

The Spartans got their 77 points from both cross country teams. The men finished 30th in the NCAA Championship to record 44 Directors’ Cup points while the women finished 33rd earn 33 points.

Calvin College is the top team in the country after the fall sports with 308.5 points, recording points in every sport except field hockey and football.