Carnegie Mellon University Athletics Ranks 13th in Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Fall Standings

(CLEVELAND, Ohio) – The Carnegie Mellon Department of Athletics ranks 13th in the 2012-13 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Thursday, December 6. Carnegie Mellon currently has totaled 213 point and trails first-place Calvin College from Michigan by less than 100 points.

Behind Calvin are Middlebury College (306.5 points), Emory University (280 points), Williams College (277.5) and Messiah College (253 points) in the top five. All eight University Athletic Association (UAA) institutions are ranked in the top 65 of the 169 institutions that received points this fall.

Carnegie Mellon received its points from scoring in four of the fall championships that have been completed to date – men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country. The women’s soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship Tournament while the men’s team advanced to the second round. The men’s cross country program turned in a 17th-place finish at the NCAA Championship with the women’s team receiving points for finishing in the top five of its NCAA Regional meet.

To date, six fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s cross country – Johns Hopkins; men’s cross country - North Central; field hockey – Tufts; volleyball – St. Thomas; men’s soccer – Messiah; and women’s soccer – Messiah.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports–nine women’s and nine men’s.

The final Division III fall standings will be released Wednesday, Dec. 19.