CLEVELAND –The Adrian College Bulldogs have made a significant jump in the final winter standings of the 2018-19 Learfield/IMG College Directors' Cup 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.
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 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association 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.
The Learfield/IMG College 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. There are more than 400 Division III institutions--the NCAA's largest classification--that are eligible for the Cup.
Adrian is the third highest-ranked MIAA institution in the Learfield Directors' Cup behind Calvin (14th, 415.50 points) and Hope (36th, 259). The MIAA has two more members--Albion (64th, 156.5) and Trine (74th, 144)--in the Top-75 after the fall and winter standings. Three additional MIAA institutions scored points in winter sports to move into the Cup standings: Alma (173rd) for wrestling, Kalamazoo (221st) for women's swimming and diving, and Olivet (231st) in wrestling.
In the NACDA standings, Johns Hopkins University out of the Centennial Conference tops the Division III Directors' Cup race with 804.25 points to outpace Williams College (744.0)
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the 2018-19 academic year. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.
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