Amherst Jumps to Fifth Place in Directors' Cup Standings

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AMHERST, MA – With another outstanding winter season in the books, Amherst College has catapulted to fifth place in the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. This is the fifth consecutive year Amherst begins the spring season ranked in the top five.

After landing in 16th place in the final fall standings, Amherst joined Williams College as the only schools to earn at least 400 points in the winter, marking the third consecutive year Amherst has accomplished the feat. With 587 total points, Amherst trails only Williams (719.5), Middlebury (664), Washington-St. Louis (649.5) and Calvin (599.75). Wisconsin-Stevens Point is the only other school with more than 500 points after the winter (551.25).

Amherst’s winter was highlighted by 100 points from the women’s basketball team, which won the NCAA championship for the first time in program history. The men’s swimming & diving and men’s indoor track & field teams each placed sixth at the national championships for 73.5 points apiece, while the men’s basketball team was close behind at 73 points thanks to an appearance in the national quarterfinals. Rounding out Amherst's teams to earn points are women’s swimming & diving (9th, 69) and women’s indoor track & field (55th, 18).

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 at the NCAA Championships in up to 18 sports—nine men’s and nine women’s.

The first Division III spring standings will be released Thursday, May 27. Visit the NACDA website for more information.

Final Winter Standings
1. Williams – 719.5
2. Middlebury – 664
3. Washington-St. Louis – 649.5
4. Calvin – 599.75
5. Amherst – 587

Amherst College Winter Teams
Women’s Basketball – 1st (100 Points)
Men’s Swimming & Diving – 6th (73.5 Points)
Men’s Indoor Track & Field – 6th (73.5 Points)
Men’s Basketball – 5th (73 Points)
Women’s Swimming & Diving – 9th (69 Points)
Women’s Indoor Track & Field – 55th (18 Points)