GENESEO, N.Y. - After the completion of the winter season, SUNY Geneseo moved up to eighth in the latest Learfield Sports National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors (NACDA) Director's Cup Division III standings.
The Knights have compiled 486.25 points, moving up five spots after sitting in 13th following the completion of the fall season. The position is the highest Geneseo has ever appeared in the 21-year history of the rankings.
A national runner-up showing by the men's cross country team and a third-place effort by the women's cross country squad got the Knights off on the right foot in the fall.
Led by two-time national champion Alexa Wandy in the long and triple jumps, the women's indoor track & field finished eighth, while the the women's basketball tied for ninth. National-champion miler Isaac Garcia-Cassani helped lead the men's indoor track & field team to a tie for 10th this past winter.
The field hockey team tied for 17th in the fall, while the men's and women's swimming & diving teams tied for 23rd and 40th, respectively. The women's tennis team won the SUNYAC Championship in the fall to punch their ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament, which will be contested this coming May.
Geneseo is the only team from New York currently in the top-15. Washington (Mo.) sits in first place with 837 points, followed by Williams (705.25), Tufts (699) and Johns Hopkins (592.5) in the top-five. There are currently 444 institutions in NCAA Division III.
2016-17 NCAA Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings
Top-10 through completion of the winter season
1. Washington (Mo.) – 837
2. Williams (Mass.) – 705.25
3. Tufts (Mass.) – 699
4. Johns Hopkins - 592.50
5. Middlebury (Vt.) – 584
6. Wisconsin-Whitewater – 500.25
7. Calvin (Mich.) - 493.50
8. SUNY Geneseo – 486.25
9. St. Thomas (Minn.) – 474.50
10. MIT – 471.75
NOTE: Points are awarded based on an institution's finish in each of the 18 championships sponosored by NCAA Division III. Last season, Geneseo finished 16th in the final 2015-16 standings, marking the program's highest overall finish in the 20-year history of the rankings.