DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Athletic Department was thrilled on Thursday when the year's final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings were released. The Wolverines finished 80th among all NCAA Division III teams in the final standings, placing them in the top 17.7% of all athletic programs.
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 up to 14 sports in Division II – seven men's and seven women's; and 18 sports in Division III – nine women's and nine men's.
Wesley received 70 points from the performances of their fall sports teams, 72 points from their winter sports' performances and 99.25 points for the spring season, giving the Wolverines a total of 241.25 points on the year.
The Navy and White were among the top teams in the nation, and were joined by four other Capital Athletic Conference members in the top 80. York, Mary Washington, Christopher Newport, and Salisbury also finished within the top 80 in the Learfield Cup standings. With five teams in the top 80, the CAC placed half of their members within the top 18% of all Division III's athletic programs, cementing the conference's status as one of the most competitive in the nation.
Athletic Director Mike Drass was thrilled with the athletic department's success this academic year, "We are proud to be recognized in the top 20% of institutions in overall success that the Learfield Cup represents," said Drass. "Being one of five CAC teams in the top 80 teams in the nation is a true point of pride for Wesley athletics."
The Wolverines will look to repeat their sustained success in the 2016-17 academic year. Wesley's athletic calendar begins on September 1, 2016 with three contests, including a home affair for the Women's Soccer team.