Thursday, July 1, 2010

Carolina, Duke make top 10 in Directors Cup final standings

UNC SPORTS INFORMATION NEWS RELEASE - The University of North Carolina finished in seventh place nationally in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup, the Tar Heels’ 15th top 10 finish in the award’s 17-year history.

The Directors Cup, run by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), measures a school’s postseason success in men’s and women’s sports. Each school receives points its 10-highest men’s and 10-highest women’s finishes in NCAA competition.

The seventh-place showing marked the eighth top 10 finish by the Tar Heels in the last nine years. By comparison, the other 11 ACC schools have a total of eight top 10 finishes in Directors Cup history.

Stanford won for the 16th straight year, claiming the 2009-10 award with 1508.5 points. Florida was second with 1310.25 points and was followed by Virginia, UCLA, Florida State, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Ohio State, California and Duke.

The 2009-10 season marks the first time that four Atlantic Coast Conference schools finished in the Top 10 and just the third time that the Tar Heels were not the highest finishing ACC school. No other conference had more than three schools finish in the Top 10.

Six different Tar Heel teams finished in the top five nationally in their respective sports, including field hockey and women’s soccer, which both won NCAA championships. Men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis each finished third and men’s lacrosse was fifth. Men’s swimming and diving (15th), men’s indoor track and field (20th) and women’s swimming and diving (20th) each placed in the top 20.

The Tar Heels are the only school other than Stanford to win the Directors Cup. Carolina won the inaugural trophy in 1994 and has averaged a sixth-place finish.

(Other ACC finishes: Maryland 28th, Virginia Tech 38th, Georgia Tech 45th, Clemson 48th, Wake Forest 53rd, Miami 58th, Boston College 63rd and N.C. State 89th.)

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