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Program-best in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

Directors_cup_logo_FINAL_colorElizabethtown finishes program-best 66th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings

Elizabethtown College scored 258.50 points throughout the 2012-2013 academic year to finish a program-best 66th out of 442 NCAA Division III schools in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The combined effort of Blue Jays athletic teams helped the College surpass its previous best finish of 69th in 2004-2005 and finish within the top 100 in Division III for the 13th time in 18 years.

The Blue Jays were second among Middle Atlantic Conference schools in the final standings. In each of the last four years, Elizabethtown has shot up the charts, improving from 125th in 2009-2010, to its current ranking of 66th.

Elizabethtown had a standout spring, more than doubling its point total with 147.50 and gaining nearly 40 spots; the Blue Jays were 102nd after the winter season.

Four teams earned the Blue Jays’ points in the spring season. With its first round victory over Hunter in the NCAA Division III Tournament, the women’s tennis team placed within the top 20, nationally, in its sport and collected 50 points. Men’s outdoor track and field used a national runner-up finish in the javelin by senior Cameron Aregood to score 40.5 points and tie for 31st place at the NCAA Championship meet.

Women’s lacrosse won its second straight Commonwealth Conference championship and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many years to score 32 points, while men’s tennis’ NCAA appearance netted Elizabethtown 25 points.

Eric Walker’s wrestlers accounted for the highest team finish at nationals by an Elizabethtown program in 2012-2013. The Jays, behind All-Americans Julian Meaney,  Jeremy Rieth and three other national qualifiers, took 12th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,  in mid-March to post a program-high 64.5 points towards the Directors’ Cup.

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