Centre moves to 14th in final fall Directors’ Cup standings

Posted by Centre News in Athletics, News 29 Dec 2014

DCCentre College continues to climb in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings, coming in at 14th nationally in the final set of fall rankings, which were released last Wednesday.

The Directors’ Cup recognizes schools that show excellence across all sports, awarding points based on national finishes in 18 varsity sports. After what is considered one of the most successful single athletic seasons in school history, Centre earned points in five of the seven fall sports.

After the NCAA Division III football season concluded, Centre moved up four places in the latest standings. Centre’s football team had an undefeated regular season, won the Southern Athletic Association Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament.

In the previous set of standings, Centre earned points for reaching the NCAA Elite Eight in women’s soccer and the NCAA Sweet 16 in field hockey, both finishes equaling or surpassing the best in the history of those programs. The men’s and women’s cross country teams also scored points based on their third place finishes at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Meet.

Centre has earned 214 points through the completion of fall events, and a 14th place finish would rank as the best in school history. Centre’s previous best was a 45th place finish in the 2010-11 academic year.

Overall, MIT tops the standings with 313.5 points, followed by defending champion Williams with 307.

Centre, which again tops the SAA Presidents’ Trophy standings, is also the highest ranked conference school in the Directors’ Cup. Other SAA schools represented are Berry and Hendrix in a tie for 94th place with 50 points, and Rhodes, which is ranked 130th with 31 points.

by Matt Montavon, Sports Information Director