June 11, 2012

MIT Finishes 11th in 2011-12 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Once again the MIT Athletics program has been ranked as one of the most successful overall varsity programs at the NCAA Division III level, with the Engineers finishing 11th in the final standings of the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). It was the third consecutive year that MIT has finished 11th in the standings, matching the school’s all-time highest finish. The Engineers complied a total of 659.25 points in the Cup standings, just three and a half points shy of the all-time record set by MIT after the 2009-10 season. MIT was the top New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference school in the standings, with Springfield College the next conference school on the list with a 21st-place finish.

MIT scored points in the spring season in three sports; men’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. The men’s tennis team, which won its 14th consecutive NEWMAC title in April, received a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament and opened play with a victory over Steven’s Institute of Technology before falling in the third round to Williams College to finish tied for ninth in the tournament and score 64 Cup points. At the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships the women’s track team finished 26th to earn 47.5 points, while the men’s squad placed 68th to earn five points.

A measure of overall success of collegiate athletics programs, the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between 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. A complete list of the rankings can be viewed by clicking here.