CHICAGO – Led by strong team performances throughout the academic year, the University of Chicago captured 15th place in the final 2016-17 Division III Learfield Directors' Cup standings.
It marked the second time in school history that the Maroons have finished in the top 15. Last year's 14th-place showing was the University's highest ever in the 22-year history of the Directors' Cup program.
The Learfield Directors' Cup is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The points system is based on each institution's postseason finish in up to 18 sports (nine women's and nine men's).
Williams College took home the crystal trophy with 1,335.25 points scored over the course of the 2016-17 year. UChicago – with 622 points – was one of 325 NCAA Division III institutions that earned points in the standings.
Four Maroon spring sports made appearances at their respective NCAA Championships – women's tennis (NCAA quarterfinals), men's tennis (NCAA Round of 16), softball (NCAA regionals) and women's track and field. All told, UChicago had seven teams and 43 individuals qualify for the postseason over the fall, winter and spring seasons.