Fords reset high-water marks in national all-sports standings
CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) on Thursday released its final 2012-2013 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings and Haverford College finished in 41st place with 364.25 points, resetting high-water marks for the Fords in ranking and points.
The previous high within the rankings was after the 1996-1997 academic year when the Fords were 47th. The 2007-2008 standings saw 51st-place Haverford accumulate 331.83 points.
Spring sports added 70.5 points, all from an eighth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA D-III men's outdoor track & field championship meet, to the fall (225.5 pts.) and winter (68.25) numbers.
The Directors' Cup was initiated for D-III in the 1995-1996 academic year after beginning in 1993-1994 with only D-I sports. Division-II and NAIA rankings were added along with D-III, and Junior College and Community Colleges rankings were added with the 2011-2012 academic year.
The D-III rankings and points are generated from 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.
Haverford was 70th with 110.5 points in the inaugural rankings then followed with its highest finish, prior to this year, in 1996-1997. Last year the Fords were 76th with 261.5 points.
The Centennial Conference, of which Haverford is a founding member, is one of only six conferences in the country with at least five teams in the top 100 of the 2013 standings. Johns Hopkins University is the league's highest ranked team with a seventh-place (789.5 points) finish, followed by Haverford, Dickinson College (50th, 328.0), Franklin & Marshall College (65th, 266.0) and Gettysburg (99th, 192.0).
Williams College grabbed the 2013 title with 1,273.75 points, claiming the crown for the 16th time in 18 years.