(CLEVELAND, Ohio) – The Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics finished 23rd in the 2017-18 Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Thursday. Carnegie Mellon totaled 522.50 points to record its highest finish in the 23-year history of the Learfield Directors’ Cup. The Tartans are one of four University Athletic Association institutions to crack the top 25 in the standings, with seven of eight institutions finishing among the top 80.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have earned our best-ever final ranking in the Directors’ Cup standings,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “Our coaches and student-athletes have worked hard to position themselves among the best programs in the country. We have continued to move the needle in terms of competitiveness on a national scale, and we will continue to make great strides moving forward.”
Carnegie Mellon received its points from scoring in 10 championships – four fall, two winter, and four spring. In the fall, the women’s soccer team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship Tournament while the volleyball team advanced to the second round. The men’s cross country program turned in a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championship with the women’s team placing 24th. During the winter season, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams placed at the NCAA Championship meet. The women recorded the highest finish in program history at 15th.
The women’s golf team, competing in just its fourth season of intercollegiate competition, highlighted the year for the department with a fifth-place showing at the NCAA Championship. The men’s and women’s tennis teams both advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship. The women’s outdoor track and field team earned points for the standings when sophomore Michelle Karabin placed eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA Championship meet to become the program’s first All-America in a field event since 1996.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. For the 2017-18 year, the Learfield Directors’ Cup scoring was updated for the first time in recent history. While there is still a maximum 18 sports counted, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s and women’s soccer, are the four sports that must be counted for each institution. Additionally, up to 14 other scores may be counted, regardless of gender, in the final score.