Haverford Finishes Program-Best 35th in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford College finished 35th overall in the final standings of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Fords finished the 2013-14 academic year with 405.13 points. Both the overall finish and team points accumulated this past year were the best marks in school history.
Coming into this year, the Fords were riding their previous best finish of 41st from the 2012-13 academic year during which they earned 364.25 points. This year marks the third straight season that Haverford College has improved its position in the final standings of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The only other time that the Fords finished in the top 50 nationally came during the 1996-97 season, a 47th-place finish.
Haverford finished the year on a high note with 147.75 points during the spring. That spring total was the most of any spring season in school history. Men’s outdoor track & field scored 72.75 points in the cup standings with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships that was highlighted by Christopher Stadler’s national championship in the 5,000 meters. Stadler also finished second in the 10,000 meters, while Avi Bregman earned All-America accolades with a fourth-place finish in the steeplechase.
In addition to success on the track, baseball and softball both qualified for the NCAA Championships. Softball won the Centennial Conference Tournament, advancing to its second NCAA Regional. The Fords went 2-2 at the NCAA Regional for their first regional victories in program history. Baseball also won the Centennial Conference Tournament to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional where it went 1-2. Softball accumulated 50 points towards the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, while Baseball earned 25 points.
Earlier in the year, women’s basketball (50 points) won its first NCAA Tournament game in its first NCAA appearance, while men’s indoor track & field (57.88 points), placed 15th at the national championships to earn a combined 107.88 points for the winter season. That total was the highest of any winter season in school history. During the fall, men’s cross country (67.5 points) and women’s cross country (57 points) finished 10th and 17th, respectively, at the NCAA Championships. Women’s soccer also earned 25 points as it received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Fords earned 149.5 points in total during the fall season.
Haverford was second overall among teams in the Centennial Conference behind Johns Hopkins, who finished third overall in standings. Williams was crowned the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Champion with 1225.25 points over the year.
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