Springfield, Mass. – June 6, 2017 – Springfield College Athletics finished 39th nationally in the final overall standings of the 2016-2017 Division III Learfield Directors' Cup. Springfield's finish marked the the ninth time in the past 10 years that the Pride finished ranked in the top 40 of the 450 Division III athletic programs in the country.
The Learfield 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 in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.
It was another successful year for Springfield College Athletics, which was highlighted by some remarkable performances on the national stage. The men’s volleyball team captured its fourth NCAA Division III National Championship in the past six years, besting New Paltz in front of a sold-out Blake Arena. Additionally, the Pride had several outstanding individual showings , including Alex Niemiec (Chicopee, Mass.) finishing as the national-runner up in the high jump at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Emily Medeiros (Wakefield, Mass.) posting a fourth-place finish in the 100 breast at the 2017 NCAA Swimming Championships, and Courtney Luscier (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Carly Markos (Wallkill, N.Y.) earning NCAA All-America honors in the the 60-meter dash and hammer throw, respectively.
The Pride recorded 406 points throughout the year, 188 of which came in the spring season. The Pride totaled 89 points in the fall and tacked on 129 points during the winter. Springfield received points from five teams that went to the NCAA Championships, including the men's soccer, women's volleyball, men's volleyball, men's lacrosse, and softball teams, while individuals from the women's swimming, men's track and field, women's track and field, and wrestling programs scored points for the Pride at their respective NCAA Championships.
Williams once again claimed the Learfield Directors' Cup title and earned the title of top-ranked Division III athletic program for the 20th time. Washington-St. Louis took second, followed by Tufts, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Johns Hopkins, Wisconsin Whitewater, while Middlebury, Amherst, Emory and Ithaca rounded out the top 10.
Including Springfield, 10 schools from New England were ranked in the top 50 in the country, including fellow New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) institutions MIT (11th) and Babson (23rd), as well as Bates (20th), UMass Boston (41st), and Wesleyan (47th).
Springfield College Learfield Directors Cup Finishes
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