CLEVELAND, Ohio – A strong season by several spring sports was enough to propel MIT to a school record finish in the final 2013-14 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). MIT finished eighth in the standings, bettering its previous best finish of 10th set a year ago.
MIT totaled 778.75 points in the final standings, trailing Tufts University by just 20.63 points for seventh. The Engineers edged the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) by 13.25 points for its record eighth-place finish. Williams College won the competition with a total of 1,225.25 points.
MIT had six teams represented at NCAA Spring Championship events. Baseball won its first ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title in 2014 and followed that up with a strong run at the NCAA Regional Tournament that gave the Engineers a 17th-place finish and 50 points toward the Cup standings. Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams won NEWMAC titles this season and the automatic bid to their respective NCAA Tournaments, with the women advancing to the third round that was worth 64 points and the men to the second round, worth another 50 points. Both the men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams had qualifiers in the national championship meet, with the women’s team finishing 13th at the competition for 62.25 Cup points and the men taking 50 points for a 17th-place finish. MIT’s men’s volleyball team received its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 2014, earning another 25 points toward the final Cup standings.
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.