CLEVELAND –With 2018-19 in the rearview mirror, Adrian College Athletics completed its most successful year ever in the Learfield/IMG College Directors' Cup standings with a final national ranking of 68th place out of 340 scoring schools and 448 institutions overall in NCAA Division III, which is the organization's largest classification. The Bulldogs registered 277.25 total points in six sports to break the previous school records for points (246) and placement (71st)--both set in 2013.
The Learfield/IMG College Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and originally USA Today, signifying excellence in maintaining a broad-based athletics department. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA DIII Championship competition in up to 18 sports -- nine for men and nine for women. Each national champion receives 100 points with a national runner-up finish worth 90 points, with a sliding point scale continuing on down by order of finish.
In the spring, Adrian sent Baseball, Women's and Men's Outdoor Track & Field to their respective NCAA championships to earn 119.25 Cup points combined.
Baseball extended its Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association record of 11 consecutive championships after a 24-4 conference ledger. The College hosted a NCAA regional for the second year in a row and finished as the Adrian Region runner-up. The Bulldogs were credited with a 17th-place showing for 50 points.
Men's Outdoor Track and Field sent six student-athletes to the NCAAs, where Adrian had its best season ever in a 16th-place tie. (Old benchmark of 39th, set in 1979.) Bolstered by All-America performances in five events, the Bulldogs were credited with 57.75 Cup points.
On the women's side, Britney Carnagie represented the 'Dogs at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The sophomore javelin thrower earned All-America status, giving Adrian a 60th-place showing and 11.5 Cup points.
Adrian made a significant jump in the Cup winter standings after appearing in the fall for the first time in four years and for only the third time in school history. With 158 points total and 133 during the winter, Adrian climbed 59 places to No. 63 out of 290 scoring schools going into the spring.
Women's Hockey swept Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Kronschnabel Trophy (regular-season) and Slaats Cup (tournament) titles for the fourth consecutive year. Adrian placed third in the NCAA Tournament--its fourth appearance in a row and fifth in program history--and received 87 points in the Directors' Cup standings. The Bulldogs beat top-ranked Elmira to get to the National Semifinals and 2019 national champion Plattsburgh State in November.
Men's Indoor Track and Field had a record-breaking performance with three All-Americans at the NCAA Championships, where the Bulldogs were credited with a 26th place finish to account for 46.5 points toward Adrian's Cup total. Seniors Jordan Davis and Randy Fry were third and eighth in the 60-meter hurdles and 200m dash, respectively, while sophomore Nicholas Jackson was seventh in the high jump. The program is ranked 13th in NCAA Division III.
Men's Wrestling also sent a national qualifier to Virginia, but did not earn points to be credited with an official NCAA Championships appearance.
In the fall, Women's Soccer earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth after capturing its second MIAA tournament title (since 2011 regular-season) defeating nationally-ranked and top-seeded Hope in the championship game and recording the second-most wins (14-6-1) in team history. Adrian received 25 points for a tie in 122nd place out of 175 scoring schools.
Adrian is the third highest-ranked MIAA institution in the Directors' Cup behind Calvin (25th, 497.00 points) and Hope (41st, 403). Trine (77th, 253.00) gave the conference four top-80 finishes. In fact, the nation's oldest collegiate athletic conference had all nine members appear in the final standings for the second-straight year, rounding out with Albion (107th, 181.50), Kalamazoo (184th, 100), Alma (241st, 56.50), Saint Mary's (267th, 48.0) and Olivet (285th, 28.50).
In the NACDA standings, Williams College captures its 22nd Division III Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup with 1117.00 total points led by 12 top-10 finishes including two national championships, after trailing Johns Hopkins University through the winter.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at https://nacda.com/index.aspx
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