Amherst Ranked 10th in Fall Sears Directors' Cup Standings

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Behind the success of its men's and women's soccer programs, Amherst College currently ranks in 10th place in the race for the Sears Directors' Cup. These standings are preliminary for the fall, whose final rankings will be published on December 31 to include the sports of men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball. These current standings account for championship finishes in all sports except football.

Men's and women's soccer both finished the 1997 campaign in the NCAA Tournament and among the top ten teams in the nation. The men, making their third trip in five years, garnered 60 points for their NCAA Final Four finish as the fourth-best team in the nation. Coming off their own Final Four season in 1996, the women posted an national quarterfinal showing in their fourth-straight NCAA appearance. Women's soccer earned 40 points from the Sears Directors' Cup scoring structure, as they will begin the 1998 season ranked seventh in the country.

Last year, Amherst finished seventh overall for Division III institutions.

A new scoring structure was implemented this year in which points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports - nine for men and nine for women. Each national champion receives 100 ppints (last year, first place was worth 64 points), while second place is worth 80 points (exceptions include brackets of eight and fewer teams).

There are four Sears Directors' Cup Awards, one to honor the institution with the best all-around athletics program in each of the NCAA's Divisions I, II, III and the NAIA. It is the first-ever cross-sectional all-sports national recogntion award for men and women.

1997-98 Division III Preliminary Fall Standings

Rank 	Institution 				Total
1 	California-San Diego			230
1 	Cortland State (N.Y.) 			230
3 	William Smith (N.Y.) 			180
4 	New Jersey, College of 			170
5 	Washington (Mo.) 			160
6 	Wheaton (Ill.) 				120	
7 	Calvin (Mich.) 				110
7 	Middlebury (Vt.)			110	
7 	Wisconsin-Eau Claire 			110
10	Amherst (Mass.) 			100
10	Emory (Ga.)				100
10	Ithaca (N.Y.)				100
10	Mary Washington (Va.) 			100
10	North Central (Ill.) 			100
10	Wisconsin-La Crosse 			100 

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