Gorloks Set New Webster High in Directors’ Cup

| June 25, 2012
Webster University Athletics

Highest-ever ranking

Webster University Athletics, bolstered by a fifth-place point finish by men’s baseball, placed 111th out of 448 NCAA III members in the final standings for the 2012 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Cup is awarded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The ranking was the highest ever for the Gorloks, who had the top finish in Cup standings for the nine members of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2011-12 year.

The Directors’ Cup ranking is determined by the number of points earned by teams a school has qualifying for the NCAA III Championships, and how well those teams perform in those tournaments. The Gorloks sent four teams to the NCAA III national championships in 2011-12: Women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, men’s golf, and men’s baseball all earned NCAA berths.

Teams are awarded a base of 25 points for qualifying for a championship tournament. The higher a team finishes determines how many additional points a team is awarded. The baseball team earned an additional 53 points with its regional championship and a win in the NCAA World Series, for a 78-point total.

Men’s golf wound up at 49 points with its 24th-place finish, and women’s tennis and volleyball wound up at 25 points by finishing 33rd, respectively. There are 448 schools in the NCAA III eligible for the Cup.

Webster’s previous high finish in the 17-year history of the Directors’ Cup was 122nd in 2007-08, when Webster sent four teams to the NCAA III championships. Webster finished 137th last year (2010-11) when it sent four teams to the championships as well.

SLIAC member Greenville College (Ill.) was the next highest finisher in the conference at 137th place in the rankings. The Directors’ Cup is awarded by NACDA to all three NCAA divisions and to the NAIA.

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