HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College Athletic Department is ranked 45th across all of Division III after the winter release of the 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup standings. With spring sports yet to come, Haverford has already accumulated winter and spring sports yet to come, the Fords have already accumulated 238 points. Haverford scored 136 points after the fall season and added 102 more with NCAA Championship appearances in women's basketball and men's indoor track & field.
The Fords' 102 points scored during the winter is the third-highest total for this season in school history with only the 2004-05 (108.5 winter points) and 2013-14 (107.88 points) ranking higher during an academic year. Haverford's total is the second-highest in the Centennial Conference among their eight conference peers that have been represented at an NCAA Championship this year.
Haverford's best-ever finish in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings was a 35th place finish during the 2013-14 academic year. The Fords have finished as a top 50 team in the country at the conclusion of the spring season on four occasions.
Men's indoor track & field placed 19th as a team at the NCAA Division III Championships and added 52 points to Haverford's score for the year. Greg Morgan, the Mideast Region and Centennial Conference Athlete of the Year, scored those points as nationals as he won the 3,000 meter national championship in a time of 8:14:71. Morgan made it back-to-back national championship performances in that event after entering the national championship as the top seed in that field.
Women's basketball advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and third time in school history after winning their second Centennial Conference Championship in 2019. The Fords beat second-seeded Johns Hopkins and top-seeded Gettysburg in the conference playoffs and kept that momentum rolling with a convincing 80-37 victory against Rosemont in the NCAA opening round. Haverford fell to regional host Tufts, 52-46, in the Round of 32 and was credited with a 17th place finish in the Learfield Standings to earn 50 points.
Scoring teams from the fall season:
Men's cross country was the big scorer for the Fords this fall as the team's fourth-place finish garnered 80 total points. Haverford made its seventh trip to the podium as a cross country team this fall behind All-American performances from Graham Peet, Ryan Herlihy, and Greg Morgan. With a nice team trophy to show for its efforts, the Fords' finish was the program's highest since a runner-up showing in 2012 that capped a span of three straight trips to the podium. The men's cross country team has now made 26 straight appearances at the NCAA Championships.
Men's soccer earned 25 points and was credited with a 33rd place finish after falling in penalty kicks during the first round of the NCAA Tournament to New York University. The men's soccer team won its third Centennial Conference Championship in four seasons to claim the conference's automatic bid during an 11 match winning streak. The bid was the program's seventh appearance all-time at the NCAA Championship Tournament.
Women's cross country was also credited with a 33rd place finish and 31 more points as Hannah Doll qualified as an individual to the cross country national championship. Doll ran to a 141st place finish at the national championship, an 81 spot improvement from her debut on the national stage in 2017. Halfway through her cross country career, Doll is on pace to become just the fifth runner in women's cross country history to compete in four NCAA Championships.
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