CLEVELAND, Ohio - All nine Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association members earned points in the final 2017-18 NCAA Division III Learfield Director's Cup standings, with six programs scoring during the spring competition season.
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 NCAA Championships.
Calvin was the top finisher among MIAA member schools, finishing the year 26th nationally. With 515.50 total points, Calvin ranked in the top 30 of the Learfield Director's Cup standings for the 23rd consecutive year.
Hope nearly doubled their Learfield Director's Cup points with their spring performances, finishing with 465.50 points to rank 33rd nationally. Aiding in their jump in standings were a sixth-place finish for men's golf and a super regional appearance for softball.
Trine improved on their ranking from the 2016-17 academic year, finishing 90th overall thanks to NCAA appearances in the spring by softball and women's track and field.
Saint Mary's scored both in women's golf and softball to move up to 225th in the national standings; it marked the first time since 2012 the Belles garnered points in the Learfield Director's Cup.
Also scoring in the spring among MIAA programs were Adrian (baseball, men's track and field) and Albion (men's lacrosse).
About Learfield: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletics departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors' Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.