Defenders Earn Top 15 Ranking in Learfield Director's Cup Standings
- Posted Friday, June 10, 2022
Dordt University earned a top 15 ranking in the final NAIA Learfield Director's Cup standings for the 2021-22 athletic year released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.
13 sports are counted in the final NAIA standings, four of which must be men's basketball, men's soccer, women's basketball and women's volleyball. The next highest (9 max.) sports scored for each institution, regardless of gender, are used in the standings. Points are awarded based on how teams do at their respective NAIA Championships.
The Defenders totaled 567.25 points and finished 15th out of 200 NAIA institutions and second among the 12 members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Dordt's finish is believed to be its highest in the history of the national standings (1995-96).
“This is a great accomplishment for our athletics department and caps off an outstanding year for Defender athletics,” commented Dordt University Director of Athletics Ross Douma. “Our coaches and athletes work hard in excelling in their respective sports, as well as in the classroom, and finishing with our highest overall ranking is a testament to that hard work.”
In terms of the overall scoring breakdown, Dordt scored 120.5 points in the spring based on their finish at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships (Men's - 10th: 66pts; Women's - 19th: 54.5pts). Dordt teams accounted for 205pts in the fall and had its highest total during the winter sports season (241.75).
Indiana Wesleyan won its first Director's Cup with 890 points, followed by Keiser (Fla.) with 849.5 and Grand View (Iowa) at 818.25pts. Midland was the top GPAC team in the final standings, in 11th place, with 654.5 points.
- Scoring Break Down:
- Women's Track and Field - 19th place: 54.5pts
- Men's Track and Field - 10th place: 66pts
- Women's Cross Country - 8th place: 70.5pts
- Men's Cross Country - 8th place: 70.5pts
- Women's Volleyball - 9th place: 64pts
- Women's Basketball - 2nd place: 90pts
- Men's Basketball - 33rd place: 25pts
- Women's Indoor Track and Field - 14th place: 60.75pts
- Men's Indoor Track and Field - 10th place: 66pts