@AdrianBulldogs Finish in Top-25 Percent of NACDA/Learfield Division III Directors' Cup for 2017-18 Campaign

@AdrianBulldogs Finish in Top-25 Percent of NACDA/Learfield Division III Directors' Cup for 2017-18 Campaign

2018 Division III FINAL standings (through NCAA Spring Championships)

2018 Division III standings (through NCAA Winter Championships)

CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has announced the final standings for the 2017-18 Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, where Adrian College placed 110th with 180.80 points out of 330 scoring schools.

There are 443 active members in Division III, which is the largest classification in NCAA. Adrian ranks in the top-25 percent for having one of the best broad-based intercollegiate athletics programs in the nation.

This spring, Baseball received credit for a 17th place finish for earning 50 points and Men's Outdoor Track and Field was 60th with 10.8 points.

Coach Craig Rainey's club swept the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season and tournament baseball titles to make its 12th NCAA tournament appearance. Adrian's string of 10 MIAA championships extends a conference record and the program has won six of the first seven conference tournaments since it was established in 2012. The College also served as host of the Mideast Regional for the second time and first since 2009.

Under the guidance of second-year head coach Brian Thill, Men's Outdoor Track and Field placed fifth in in the four by 100-meter relay behind the quartet of All-Americans Jordan Davis, Donovan Ervin, Randy Fry and Marcus Higginbottom, with a school-record of 40.86 seconds. 

Women's Outdoor Track and Field also competed in its national championship, but did not place to earn points in the Cup standings.

Adrian made its season debut in the Cup's winter standings in 95th place (120 points) out of 287 scoring schools after sending Men's and Women's Ice Hockey to their respective NCAA Championships.

Both programs received credit for fifth place for the Learfield Cup, earning 60 points apiece. Women's Hockey qualified for the NCAAs for the fourth time in school history since making its tournament debut in 2011. The Bulldogs swept for the third consecutive year the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Kronschnabel Trophy and Slaats Cup for topping the conference during the regular-season and postseason. On the men's side, the Bulldogs won their fourth-consecutive NCHA Peters Cup regular-season championship and advanced to the conference tournament final for the 10th time in 11 seasons of their existence. Adrian also made its sixth NCAA tournament appearance in a row and eighth in school history.

With 180.80 total points, Adrian lists fourth among MIAA institutions behind Calvin (26th, 510.50), Hope (33rd, 465.50) and Trine (90th, 221). The MIAA is one of only a handful of conferences with four of its members listed in the top-150 of the NACDA/Learfield standings.

The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today, signifying excellence in maintaining a broad-based athletics department. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA DIII Championship competition in up to 18 sports -- nine for men and nine for women --four of which must be Men's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball and Women's Soccer. The next highest 14 sports scored for each institution, regardless of gender, will be used in the standings. Each national champion receives 100 points with a national runner-up finish worth 90 points, with a sliding point scale continuing on down by order of finish.

Adrian's best showing ever in the Directors' Cup came in 2013 in 71st place with 246 points (as 330 schools earned points). In 2017, Adrian was 93rd (223 points) out of 325 scoring schools and third among MIAA members. In 2015-16, the Bulldogs were 143rd (out of 324 placers) with 135 points.

Nationally, Williams claimed its 21st Cup title over Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1126.50 to 1001.50.

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