BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–Birmingham-Southern College finished 55th in the nation in in a field of 328 Division III schools in this year's Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.
BSC received 279.75 points and was the highest-placed school among Southern Athletic Association programs, finishing two places ahead of Centre at 57th with 277.50 points. Sewanee was third among SAA programs at 137th with 145.00 points.
This past season, the Panthers had two teams win shares of the SAA crown (football and women's soccer). Senior runner Robert Willett also won the 800-meter outdoor national title, and BSC's women's golf team received an at-large bid to the National Championship.
Birmingham-Southern finished 45th in the nation in last year's standings after winning conference titles in baseball, softball, and men's lacrosse.
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.
Williams (Mass.) reclaimed the title, finishing with 1273.75 points. The Ephs scored in 18 sports and captured the women's rowing and men's and women's tennis national championships. Williams has now captured 16 of 18 Directors' Cup titles. BSC rival Emory placed second with 986.50 points, and Middlebury (Vt.) ended in third place with 941.75 total points.
Complete standings can be found at www.thedirectorscup.com.