Earning the second-most winter-season points to date in NCAA Division II has allowed Ashland University's athletic department to make quite the move up the 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup standings.
Thanks to a men's indoor track and field national championship, an 11th-place finish by the women's indoor track and field team, and a 27th-place showing by wrestling at nationals, Ashland has climbed up to the No. 9 spot in the nation in the first winter Directors' Cup standings reveal on Thursday (March 14) morning.
Ashland has the second-most D-II winter points through the first release (213) to only Adams State (242), and has 288 points so far in 2018-19.
The next release for the 2018-19 Division II Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup standings will be March 28.
In 2017-18, Ashland finished 12th in the nation in the Directors' Cup. Ashland had a run of eight consecutive top-10 finishes from 2007-08 to 2014-15.
The Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships.
2018-19 ASHLAND UNIVERSITY DIRECTORS' CUP POINTS (through first winter update)
- 100 points – Men's indoor track and field
- 66 points – Women's indoor track and field
- 47 points – Wrestling
- 25 points – Men's soccer
- 25 points – Women's soccer
- 25 points – Volleyball