ITHACA, NY – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics released the final winter rankings for the Learfield Directors’ Cup on March 31, and Ithaca College jumped to 14th place out of 270 schools evaluated. After two seasons of competition, Ithaca now has 478.75 points.
Directors’ Cup points are awarded based on each institution’s performance in up to 18 sports in NCAA postseason competitions, measured across nine women’s sports and nine men’s sports. During the fall and winter season, Ithaca has qualified for points in 10 sports – six women’s sports and four men’s sports.
Ithaca was ranked 44th after the fall as women’s soccer and women’s volleyball each scored 25 points, while women’s cross-country scored 32 points and men’s cross-country 32.5 points for a total of 114.5 points.
Winter sports performed exceptionally well, as six of IC’s seven qualifying sports competed in NCAA postseason competition, resulting in 364.25 points. The women’s track and field led with 85 points after a third place finish, while the men’s track and field contributed 71.25 points with a sixth place finish. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving each scored 56 points with 18th place at the NCAA championships. Women’s basketball racked up 50 points and wrestling racked up 46 points.
During the winter season, four student-athletes from Ithaca won individual national championships – Jalen Leonard Osbourne, Ava Lowell, Megan Matheny and Jack Wadsworth. The Bombers have also made a total of 16 All-American appearances.
The 364.25 points the college earned during the winter season was the second highest among Division III schools, as Ithaca trailed only Johns Hopkins University, which earned 384.5 points and ranked first with 855.5.
Ithaca ranks second among New York schools, behind only SUNY Geneseo in 11th overall. The Bombers are well ahead of the next member of the Liberty League, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at No. 43.
Since the inception of the Learfield Directors’ Cup in 1995-96, Ithaca College has been just one of six institutions to have made the top 30 each year. Amherst College, Calvin University, Emory University, Middlebury College and Williams College.