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Juniata Athletics finishes among top quarter of Division III in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup race

(Posted July 10, 2011)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College posted its best finish since 2008 in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Learfield Sports 2010-11 Directors' Cup standings, placing 104th out of 435 active NCAA Division III programs.

Juniata teams accumulated 186.00 total points in 2010-11, with three teams contributing to the point total: women's volleyball (83.00 points), field hockey (53.00 points), and women's basketball (50.00 points). The Eagles' 2010-11 finish is the fourth-best for Juniata in the 16-year history of the NACDA Directors' Cup program in Division III, and best since the Eagles finished 91st back in 2008 with 204.50 points.

"Our finish in the top 25% of all Division III athletic departments is a testament to the quality and commitment of our coaches, our student-athletes, and Juniata," said Juniata athletics director Greg Curley. "Our goal moving forward is to maintain our commitment to excellence and to improve upon this year's outstanding performance."

Juniata posted the third-best finish in the Directors' Cup rankings among Landmark Conference institutions. Moravian College was 57th with 279.50 points, while the United States Merchant Marine Academy was 93rd with 197.75 points. Trailing Juniata was Catholic University of America (144th, 128.00 points), the University of Scranton (172nd, 100.00 points), and Drew University (263rd, 48.00 points). Susquehanna University and Goucher College failed to earn any points in the Directors' Cup standings in 2010-11.

NACDA and Learfield Sports present the Directors' Cup to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country in NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA athletics. Points are awarded based solely on participation and finish at NCAA championship events.

Below are Juniata's recent finishes in the Division III NACDA Directors' Cup standings:
YEAR - FINISH (POINTS)

2010-11 - 104th (186.00 pts)
2009-10 - 161st (115.00 pts)
2008-09 - 152nd (115.50 pts)
2007-08 - 91st (204.50 pts)
2006-07 - 110th (171.00 pts)
2005-06 - N/A* (90.00 pts)
2004-05 - N/A* (153.00 pts)
2003-04 - 120th (124.00 pts)
2002-03 - 167th (78.00 pts)
2001-02 - 107th (135.50 pts)
2000-01 - 122nd (109.00 pts)
1999-00 - 154th (70.00 pts)
1998-99 - 101st (60.00 pts)
1997-98 - 84th (80.00 pts)
1996-97 - 137th (63.00 pts)
1995-96 - 147th (58.50 pts)

* - Exact placement unavailable; only rankings for top 100 programs were released.

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