Ashland Athletics Finishes 12th In 2017-18 D-II Directors’ Cup

Ashland Athletics Finishes 12th In 2017-18 D-II Directors’ Cup

6/14/18 ASHLAND, Ohio -- The final 2017-18 NCAA Division II Learfield Directors' Cup standings are in, and Ashland University's athletic department made a significant jump from 2016-17. Ashland finished the most recent athletic season at No. 12 in the nation – a 22-spot improvement over 2016-17 (34th). It is the Eagles' best national finish in the Directors' Cup since ending as the D-II runner-up in 2014-15.

The Ashland baseball team provided the final point total for the athletic year with 38. Ashland finished with 573.5 total Directors' Cup points in 2017-18 – 53 in the fall, 289 in the winter and 231.5 in the spring:

 

2017-18 ASHLAND UNIVERSITY LEARFIELD DIRECTORS' CUP POINTS, BY SPORT

- 90 – men's outdoor track and field

- 90 – women's basketball

- 80 – men's indoor track and field

- 75 – wrestling

- 55.5 – women's golf

- 53 – football

- 48 – women's outdoor track and field

- 44 – women's indoor track and field

- 38 – baseball

 

In terms of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference programs, Ashland finished with the second-highest point total in 2017-18.

Ashland finished in the top 10 in the nation in the Directors' Cup every year from 2007-08 to 2014-15, and has been in the top 12 in Division II on 11 occasions since the program began in 1995-96.

In 2017-18, 268 Division II programs earned at least one Directors' Cup point.

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.

 

FINAL 2017-18 NCAA DIVISION II LEARFIELD DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS

1. California Baptist – 905 points

2. Grand Valley State – 834.75 points

3. West Texas A&M – 772.5 points

4. Saint Leo – 695.25 points

5. Florida Southern – 673.25 points

6. Colorado School of Mines – 671.25 points

7. Queens (N.C.) – 668.5 points

8. Wingate – 631.5 points

9. Indianapolis – 598.75 points

10. UC San Diego – 594 points

11. Minnesota State – 588 points

12. ASHLAND – 573.5 points

13. West Florida – 570 points

14. West Chester – 551 points

15. Adams State – 538.5 points

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