CLEVELAND, Ohio – Johns Hopkins finished as the runner-up in the 2018-19 Division III Learfield Directors' Cup standings, leading a contingent of nine Centennial Conference institutions in the rankings. It marks the second time in the last five years that the Blue Jays finished second in the final Directors' Cup rankings, and the eighth time in the last nine years with a top-10 finish.
JHU scored in 17 of the 18 sports with three omissions (women’s and men’s lacrosse (DI), and men’s outdoor track and field), including eight top-10 finishes throughout the year. The Blue Jays totaled 1,083.75 points, falling just 33.25 points shy of first-place Williams (1,117 points). Other institutions in the top five included Washington-St. Louis (1,032.75), Middlebury (941.75), and Emory (921.5).
Franklin & Marshall (60th; 302 points), Haverford (82nd; 238 points), Gettysburg (86th; 229.5 points), and Swarthmore (94th; 207.33 points) also placed inthe top-100 among the more than 450 Division III institutions across the country. A total of 340 institutions earned points in this year's Directors' Cup standings.
The Centennial is one of just eight conferences among the 45 conferences across Division III to have five or more programs ranked in the top 100.
Centennial Conference Fall Directors' Cup Standings
2. Johns Hopkins - 1,083.75 points
60. Franklin & Marshall - 302
82. Haverford - 238
86. Gettysburg - 229.5
94. Swarthmore - 207.33
119. Dickinson - 156.5
149. Ursinus - 131.5
225. Muhlenberg - 70
272. Washington College - 46
The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Through the course of the year, Directors' Cup points are awarded based on a school's finish in up to 18 sports – nine men and nine women – in NCAA Championships. New to the scoring structure last year in Division III, men's and women's soccer and men's and women's basketball must be included by every school in their scoring total. Previously, the top nine men's and women's scoring teams could be counted; now, regardless of whether a school's soccer and basketball teams qualify for the NCAAs, they must be counted.