- The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is currently ranked 24th out of 440 NCAA Division III schools in the race for the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, an award that recognizes the best overall athletic programs from each division.
The Pointers accumulated 304.75 points in the winter season thanks to ninth-place finishes in both men's swimming & diving and men's indoor track & field. Women's basketball tallied 50 points, wrestling tallied 48.5 points with a 25th-place showing at nationals while men's basketball, women's track & field and women's swimming & diving also accumulated points.
"UWSP athletics has a great history in the race for the Directors' Cup," said Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery. "We remind our student-athletes to work hard both in the classroom and on the field. This is certainly one measure of success for our athletic success, and we hope to raise the bar by season's end."
Washington University (Mo.) leads the standings with 693.5 points while Middlebury (Vt.) is second with 676 points and Amherst (Mass.) is third with 654.75 points.
UW-Whitewater is the top-ranked Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) program, currently in fifth place. UW-Oshkosh is ranked 11th, UW-Eau Claire is 18th and UW-La Crosse is 26th.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (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.
The first Division III spring standings will be released May 24, 2012.
Story By: UWSP Athletics