CLEVELAND, Ohio – Fueled by a record setting season that saw MIT win a school record 10 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference titles and send 17 teams to NCAA post season competition, the MIT Varsity Athletics program finished 10th in the nation in the final 2012-13 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). It is the highest-ever finish for the program, which finished 11th in each of the past two seasons.
MIT totaled 725.75 points in the final standings, trailing St. Thomas (Minn.) by just 16.25 points for ninth. The Engineers edged out Cortland State by just 1.25 points for its top-10 finish. Williams won the competition with a total of 1,273.75 points.
MIT had five of its teams represented at NCAA Spring Championship events. Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams won NEWMAC titles this season and the automatic bid to their respective NCAA Tournaments. Both teams reached the second round of the tournament, finishing 17th and scoring 50 points each in the Cup standings. Baseball received 25 points for its appearance in the NCAA Tournament, its second trip in the past three seasons. Both the men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams had qualifiers in the national championship meet, with the men’s team scoring 17.5 points and the women 33.5 points toward the final Cup standings.
A measure of overall success of collegiate athletics programs, the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between 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. A complete list of the rankings can be viewed by clicking here.