Amherst Ranked 11th in Fall Sears Directors' Cup Standings

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Amherst College is currently ranked 11th in the race for the Division III Sears Directors' Cup, administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and sponsored by Sears. Fall standings include team finishes in NCAA-sponsored championships in the sports of cross country, field hockey, football, soccer and women's volleyball.

Amherst's claims its current standing behind top-10 national finishes by its soccer teams. The men soared to their first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance to finish with a 12-5-2 record and a No. 4 national ranking, the highest in Amherst men's history. The women fell just one goal short of repeating their Final Four appearance as they concluded the 1997 season in the National Quarterfinals with a 12-3 mark and No. 7 ranking. The women were making their fourth straight NCAA appearance while the men earned their third trip in five years.

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 points (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.

Final Fall Sears Directors' Cup Standings

Rank	Institution			Points
1.	Cortland State (NY)		240
2.	UC-San Diego			230
3.	College of New Jersey		190
4.	Hobart/William Smith (NY)	180
	Mount Union (OH)		180
6.	Washington (MO)			160
7.	Wheaton (IL)			120
8.	Calvin (MI)			110
	Middlebury (VT)			110
	Wisconsin-Eau Claire		110
11.	Amherst (MA)			100
	Emory (GA)			100
	Ithaca (NY)			100
	Mary Washington (VA)		100
	North Central (IL)		100
	Wisconsin-La Crosse 		100

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