(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Carnegie Mellon University is 15th in the final fall Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Thursday.
The Tartans accumulated 217 points in the fall after four teams competed in their respective postseason championships.
“We are excited to be recognized among the top Division III athletics programs in the country,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “Our broad-based success is a facet of many things, but none more important than the commitment our students and coaches make to represent our world-class university in a world-class fashion.”
Women’s cross country collected 50 points after finishing 24th at the NCAA Championships, competing as a team in the national meet for the first time since 1998. Senior Aparna Alavilli was the top finisher for the Tartans when she crossed the finish line 49th out of 279 runners. It was her second straight appearance at the meet after competing as an individual in 2016.
The men’s cross country team earned 53 points in the standings with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships. It was the fourth straight appearance by the Tartans on the national stage and 11th in 13 years.
The women’s volleyball team won its first round NCAA game for the second time in program history and collected 50 points with a 17th-place finish in the standings.
Advancing past the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in six years was the women’s soccer team, which collected 64 points and a ninth-place finish in the standings.
The University Athletic Association (UAA) leads all Division III conferences in the top 15 with four institutions – Chicago (seventh), WashU (10th), Emory (11th) and Carnegie Mellon (15th).
The 15th-place final fall placement is the best for the Tartans since 2012-13 when Carnegie Mellon sat 14th. Last year, Carnegie Mellon finished 44th in the final standings, the best since its 40th-place finish in 2009-10.
The Learfield 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 NCAA Championships.
The first set of winter standings will be released March 8, 2018.