CHICAGO – The University of Chicago achieved its highest finish ever by placing 14th in the final 2015-16 Division III Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which were released on Thursday.
The Maroons accumulated 643.5 points over the course of the academic year to finish inside the top 15 for the first time. Their previous best result was 16th place in 2013-14.
Four UChicago spring sports accumulated points after qualifying for the postseason - men's tennis (NCAA semifinals), women's tennis (NCAA quarterfinals), softball (NCAA regional final) and women's outdoor track and field.
Williams College topped the rankings (1098.25 points) out of 323 NCAA Division III schools that earned points over the course of the year. The University Athletic Association (UAA) had three of its teams ranked in the top 14 overall.
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).