CLEVELAND, Ohio – Final standings of the 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup were announced today and for the third straight year Midland University has placed its highest ever in the final poll. After spending a large portion of the year in the top ten, Midland finished 16th overall amongst 195 NAIA schools. The Warriors were also the second highest school from the GPAC, with Morningside placing 8th.
Oklahoma City took finished atop the standings for the third consecutive year, recording 921.25 total points.
Points are awarded based upon individual teams’ placing at national tournaments or ranking in the final national polls. Schools are capped at a maximum of 13 sports to count toward a teams’ total.
Midland received 559.75 points this season thanks to strong finishes by 10 teams that reached their respective national championship tournaments or meets. Dance, volleyball, and women’s soccer brought home a large portion of the points as they each finished in the top five of their championships.
Other teams placing in national tournaments or competitions and earning points were: men’s swimming, men’s wrestling, men’s tennis, women’s swimming, men’s outdoor track & field, men’s indoor track & field, and softball.
Other varsity sports offered at Midland but not factored into the Directors’ Cup that had successful seasons were: men’s bowling (9th in NAIA), women’s bowling (4th in NAIA), powerlifting (men’s and women’s raw national champions), and shotgun sports (4th in ACUI Division I).
The complete 2018-19 NAIA Directors’ Cup standings can be found, here.