CLEVELAND –The Adrian College Bulldogs made their debut in the 2015-16 Division III Learfield Directors' Cup final winter standings, sitting in 87th place with 135 points out of a possible 438 active members in the NCAA's largest division.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and 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.
Adrian sent three winter sports to their respective NCAA Championships, including Men's Wrestling, Men's Ice Hockey and Women's Ice Hockey.
The men's wrestling team behind freshman All-American and National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American Angus Arthur finished 23rd in the nation with 15-1/2 points, both school records. The program's fifth all-time NCAA appearance (1975-76-77-79-2016) is even more impressive in that Adrian brought back men's wrestling for the first time after a 31-year hiatus as a varsity sport.
Men's Hockey swept Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Peters Cup (regular-season) and Harris Cup (tournament) titles for the second year in a row en route to reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in its sixth national appearance all-time--all since 2010. Adrian, which finished fourth in both final national polls, was ranked No. 1 by USCHO.com and D3hockey.com for several weeks in 2016.
The women's hockey team qualified for the NCAAs for the second time in school history since making its debut in 2011. The Bulldogs swept the NCHA Kronschnabel Trophy and Slaats Cup for topping the conference during the regular-season and tournament championship, finishing in first place for the second year in a row.
In the NACDA standings, both hockeys were credited with fifth place (Men-60 points; Women-25) and wrestling was 23rd worth 50 points.
Adrian is the third-highest ranked Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) institution in the Learfield Directors' Cup.
The MIAA is one of only a dozen leagues out of 43 total conferences with eight or more of its members listed in the standings.
Calvin stands No. 16 overall (432.75 points) out of the 277 Division III schools ranked. Three other MIAA members join Calvin in the top 100 including No. 61 Hope (199), No. 85 Alma (139) and No. 87 Adrian (135). Albion, Trine, Kalamazoo and Olivet also achieved rankings in the standings.
Nationally, Williams holds the lead in the final winter standings of the Division III Learfield Directors' Cup with 743.25 points, while Washington (Mo.) is in second with 707.00.
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