Williams Clinches 11th Consecutive Directors' Cup

Courtesy NACDA.com

ORLANDO, Fla. - Williams clinched its 11th consecutive Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with 1066.50 points. The Ephs competed in 16 postseason championships earning points in the maximum nine women’s sports and in seven men’s sports, including the national collegiate skiing championship. The announcement was made by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) on Friday at the 44th annual NACDA convention in Orlando, Fla.

The Ephs took home the women’s tennis and women’s rowing championships and placed third in women’s and men’s cross country and women’s soccer, fourth in women’s swimming, fifth in women’s volleyball and men’s tennis, ninth in women’s lacrosse, 10th in men’s wrestling, 14th in national collegiate skiing, and men’s outdoor track and field, 15th in women’s outdoor track and field, 21st in men’s swimming and 48th in men’s and women’s indoor track and field.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be here and I’m humbled and thrilled to accept this," commented Williams athletics director Harry Sheehy. "There’s a lot of repeat winners up here, but it really isn’t easy at all, so I’m really proud of our student-athletes. I treasure the opportunity we have as a staff to work and build these young men and young women’s lives. I know the year will come when we don’t win this, but I’m proud to be here.”

It was a one-two-three finish for NESCAC programs, as Middlebury came in second (923) while Amherst was third (910). Tufts placed among the top 10 in 10th with 759.25 points, just .25 points behind ninth place TCNJ. The Jumbos finished 15th last year.

2009 Directors' Cup Final Standings
1. Williams (1066.50)
2. Middlebury (923.00)
3. Amherst (910.00)
4. Washington (Mo.) (873.00)
5. Cortland St. (861.00)
6. Emory (809.50)
7. Wis.-Stevens Point (779.00)
8. Gustavus Adolphus (765.00)
9. TCNJ (759.50)
10. Tufts (759.25)
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47. Trinity (303.00)
50. Bowdoin (287.50)
57. Bates (268.00)
68. Hamilton (240.25)
91. Colby (204.50)
125. Connecticut College (154.10)
154. Wesleyan (112.00)