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June 23, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
Stanford has clinched the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with 1,481.00 points. Florida (1,191.50), Notre Dame (1128.25), Penn State (1,113.00) and UCLA (1078.5) round out the top five, followed by USC (1063.75), Duke (1051.00), Virginia (1028.50), Texas (1010.00) and Michigan (983.25).
Just one NCAA Championship, the College World Series, remains to be completed, with Virginia facing Vanderbilt this week. Should the Cavaliers win the title they would earn 100 Directors’ Cup points. The final 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings will be announced around July 1.
Coach Beth Alford-Sullivan’s women’s track and field squad swept the Big Ten indoor and outdoor titles this year and placed 12th at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to earn 63.75 Directors’ Cup points. The Nittany Lions posted the highest finish among all Big Ten squads and finished No. 6 in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USFTCCCA) 2013-14 Division I Program of the Year standings.
The Penn State men’s track and field team tallied 25 Directors’ Cup points with its NCAA performances.
Three Penn State squads have led the way in the 2013-14 campaign, as women’s volleyball, wrestling and fencing each captured NCAA Championships, combining to score 300 Directors’ Cup points.
Penn State’s three NCAA Championships this year are its most since winning three in 1999-2000. Penn State student-athletes, who have an 88 percent graduation rate, have won a school record-tying and conference-best eight Big Ten titles in 2013-14 and 16 over the past two years, easily topping second place Michigan (9) in combined titles the last two years among all Big Ten institutions.
The Nittany Lions have a combined 20 conference championships during the past two years, the most in a two-year stretch in school history.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings were 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 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's.