WHITTIER, Calif. – The final Fall 2017-18 Learfield Director's Cup standings were announced this week and Whittier was one of six Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
The Learfield 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 NCAA Division III Championship events.
The Purple & Gold placed 91st gaining 50 Points on the strength of 25 Points coming from both women's soccer and volleyball, who both earned trips to the NCAA Division III National Championships. The volleyball team earned an at-large bid but fell to the West Regional Host Southwestern (TX) in four sets. Women's Soccer traveled to Thousand Oaks, Calif. after powering through the SCIAC Post Season Tournament upsetting the No. 1 (Cal Lutheran) and No. 2 (Pomona-Pitzer) seeds and fell to Pacific Lutheran in the first round of the West Regional.
The best finish for the Whittier College Athletic Department in the Learfield Cup Standings came in the final 2013 standings where the Purple & Gold totaled 105 Points finishing 170th out of 328 who received points and the 450 Division III programs. During that year, the Women's Cross Country finished 35th in the country with 33 points, while Men's Track & Field finished 7th collecting 72 points, thanks to Kevin Curbelo who won the 400 Meter National Championship, the first national title winner in program history.
Other SCIAC teams who earned spots in the final standings included:
Claremont-M-S (18th – 209.50 Points)
Pomona-Pitzer (54th – 73.5 Points)
Cal Lutheran (64th – 89 Points)
Occidental (65th – 75 Points)
Chapman (25 Points)
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) leads the SCIAC with 209.50 points and is slotted in 18th place following a stellar fall season. Sparked by a national championship in women's volleyball (100 points), the Athenas added 64.50 points thanks to a 12th-place finish in women's cross country, while the Stags earned 45 points (29th place) in men's cross country.
Sixth-Street rival Pomona-Pitzer ranked second among SCIAC schools with 98.50 points in the fall, and placed 54th overall. The Sagehens powered to a sixth place finish and 73.5 points in men's cross country, and picked up 25 points with a fifth place mark in men's water polo.
The men's cross country team won the 2017 SCIAC cross country championship and, notched a league tournament championship in men's water polo.
Cal Lutheran secured 89 points following outstanding efforts in both women's and men's soccer - picking up 64 points, and 25 points respectively en route to finishing 59th overall.
The Kingsmen's men's soccer squad won the 2017 conference tournament crown, and secured an at-large bid to the NCAA postseason in women's soccer.
Occidental came in 65th overall with 75 points, thanks to 42 points in men's cross country, and 33 points in women's cross country; while Whittier placed 91st overall (50 points) on the strength of 25 points in both women's soccer and women's volleyball.
The Tigers enjoyed a second place finish in both the men's and women's SCIAC cross country championships, while the Poets won the 2017 SCIAC women's soccer tournament, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship in women's volleyball.
Rounding out the SCIAC selections was Chapman which picked up 25 points in football. The Panthers advanced to the NCAA Tournament after logging a perfect league record to clinch the conference title outright.