CLEVELAND, Ohio – A strong season by several spring sports was enough to propel MIT to a sixth-place finish in the final 2015-16 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The ranking marked the fourth consecutive year the Engineers have claimed a spot in the top 10.
MIT totaled 843.00 points in the final standings, trailing Middlebury College by just 17.5 points for fifth while also compiling a 46.5 advantage over seventh-place Amherst College. Williams College won the competition with a total of 1,098.25 points.
MIT had five teams represented at NCAA Spring Championship events. Softball earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and eventually advanced to the national championship, resulting in a fifth-place finish and 78 points toward the Cup standings. The men's and women's tennis teams won NEWMAC titles this season and the automatic bid to their respective NCAA Tournaments, with the both squads advancing to the third round that was worth 64 points. Both the men's and women's outdoor track and field teams had qualifiers in the national championship meet, with the men's team finishing 22nd at the competition for 52 Cup points and the women taking 42 points for a 31st-place finish.
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.