La Verne Places 37th in DIII Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

CLEVELAND — The University of La Verne ranked 37th among the 2014 NCAA Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced last week.

The competition awards points based on a team's finish at the NCAA Championships.

La Verne amassed a total of 396.50 points to jump from a ranking of No. 51 (327 points) in 2013 to achieve it’s highest ranking ever.

The track and field teams led the way for the Leopards, scoring a total of 210.75 points between the indoor and the outdoor seasons. Men’s cross country (31 points) was the lone scoring sport in the fall while women’s swimming and diving (32), women’s indoor track and field (36.5) and men’s indoor track and field (52.5) represented La Verne’s winter teams. In the spring, men’s golf (72.75), women’s tennis (50), women’s outdoor track and field (49) and men’s track and field (72.75) all participated in their respective sport’s NCAA national championships.

La Verne was the second ranked SCIAC program behind only Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which finished 13th.  Redlands (57th), Pomona-Pitzer (63rd), Cal Lutheran (76th), Occidental (112th), Chapman (243rd) and Whittier (282nd) followed.

Nationally, Williams (Mass.) finished first and Wisconsin-Whitewater finished runner up.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 18 sports — nine women’s and nine men’s.

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.

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