CLEVELAND, Ohio. — Carleton College finished 52nd in the final standings of the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, the prestigious award presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country. A total of 448 Division III institutions compete for points in the standings.
This was Carleton’s seventh top-100 finish in the last decade. The Knights posted their best overall placement (35th) during the 2008-09 academic year.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the NACDA and USA Today. The Directors’ Cup, which is the only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics, is awarded to four-year institutions in the NCAA and NAIA with the best overall athletic programs. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports–nine women and nine men's.
Carleton’s place in the Directors’ Cup standings (last 10 years)
2013-14 --- 52nd out of 448 programs accumulating points (350 pts)
2012-13 --- 80th out of 328 programs (221.5 pts)
2011-12 --- 109th out of 317 programs (181.5 pts)
2010-11 --- 71st out of 324 programs (235.5 pts)
2009-10 --- 50th out of 311 programs (304 pts)
2008-09 --- 35th out of 310 (377 pts)
2007-08 --- 104th out of 306 (175.00 pts)
2006-07 --- 140th out of 312 (137.50 pts)
2005-06 --- 54th (248.50 pts)
2004-05 --- 49th (249.50 pts)
Carleton scored 350 points during the 2013-14 academic year, with 139.5 of those coming during the fall athletic season as the men’s soccer team made its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Knights tacked on another 91.5 points during the winter following multiple All-America performances by Amelia Campbell (Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay) and Kao Sutton (Sr./Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Hawaii) of the women’s track and field team. Campbell was voted as the NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year after winning the pentathlon, while Sutton finished fourth in the shot put.
The Knights final 119 points came from a eighth-place showing by the Carleton women at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships as well as the third national tournament appearance by the women's tennis team in the last four years. The Knight tennis team opened up it's NCAA Tournament run with an opening round victory over Westminster College (Pa.)
Campbell won the national title in the heptathlon, while Sutton matched her a day later with a title of her own in the shot put. Colette Celichowski (Jr./Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka) picked up All-America honors of her own, finishing eighth in the 1500-meter run.
Two other Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) programs finished ahead of the Knights: the University of St. Thomas placed ninth (765.5 points) and St. Olaf was 31st (423 points).
Eight other conference schools followed Carleton in the standings: Gustavus Adolphus College (93rd place, 215.5 points); Concordia College-Moorhead (107th place, 184.5 points); Augsburg College (130th place, 154.5 points); Bethel University (157th place, 124 points); Macalester College (172nd place, 106 points); College of Saint Benedict (209th place; 75 points); Saint John's University (225th place, 65 points); Saint Mary’s University (282nd place, 25 points).
Williams (Mass.) clinched the Division III Directors’ Cup with 1,225.25 points.