SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Three West Coast Conference teams sit within the top 70 in the latest Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, led by BYU who come in at No. 15 with 165 points.
A total of five WCC teams are in the latest fall standings as BYU is followed by Santa Clara in 35th (100 points), Loyola Marymount in 61st (64 points), Gonzaga in 87th (49 points) and San Francisco in 90th (46 points).
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 20 sports--10 women's and 10 men's. The current Division I standings represent men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s water polo.
The Cougars' high ranking comes courtesy of postseason performances from their men’s and women’s cross country teams and women’s soccer team. The BYU men placed 12th at the NCAA Championships with the women finishing 23rd while the women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Second Round.
Santa Clara’s men’s and women’s soccer teams both advanced to the NCAA Second Round to bring the Broncos within the top 70; Loyola Marymount was paced by a NCAA Third Round appearance from its women’s soccer team. Gonzaga and San Francisco both earned points from their men’s cross country programs.
These midseason standings are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon completion of the spring season. The next update will be released on Dec. 24.
For more information on the Learfield Sports Director's Cup and how schools are scored, visit www.directorscup.org .