CHICAGO – University of Chicago's competitive success throughout the year resulted in its highest placing ever in the final 2017-18 Division III Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which were released on Thursday.
The Maroons finished a program-best 12th out of 329 schools who earned points in the rankings. UChicago scored 693 during the academic year, which closed out with spring postseason points from men's tennis (NCAA Semifinals), women's tennis (NCAA Quarterfinals) and women's track & field.
Now in its 23rd year, 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 finished on top with 1,126.5 points. Five University Athletic Association (UAA) schools placed in the top 30 – Emory University (4th), Washington University – St. Louis (6th), UChicago (12th), Carnegie Mellon University (23rd) and New York University (30th).
UChicago's previous best finish was 14th in the 2015-16 academic year. This marks the Maroons' third-straight showing in the top 15.