CLEVELAND, Ohio (Blugolds.com) – After being in 17th place following the fall, the UW-Eau Claire Athletics program jumped to 10th place out of more than 430 NCAA Division III institutions in the latest edition of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) officials announced today.
During the 2012-13 winter season, the Blugolds accumulated 290 points, earning points from five winter sports. They now have a total of 482.5 points, 192.5 of which were accumulated in the fall.
The men’s hockey team earned the most points of all winter sports, 100 points, after winning the NCAA Championship. The men’s indoor track & field team gained 85 points after finishing third at nationals. Men’s swimming & diving recorded 39 points, wrestling accumulated 37 points, and women’s indoor track & field finished with 29.
Around the WIAC, UW-Whitewater leads the conference in seventh place while UW-La Crosse is 13th. UW-Oshkosh is currently in 19th place and UW-Stevens Point is 24th.
The Learfield Sports 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 18 sports -- nine women’s and nine men’s.