With the completion of the fall sports seasons at the NCAA Division III level, MIT is ranked fourth in the nation in the final fall standings of the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The Engineers saw four of their fall squads qualify for NCAA Championship competition, giving the Scarlet and Grey 268 points in the cup standings. Washington University leads the fall standings with 337.5 points, followed by Calvin College (315 points) and Williams College (315 points). MIT sits just ahead of Amherst College by one-half a point in the standings.
It was another strong fall season for MIT, with three of the four teams that qualified for NCAA post-season play claiming top-10 finishes in their respective championships. Leading the way was another impressive performance by the Women’s Cross Country team, which finished third at the national championships for 85 cup points, the team’s eighth consecutive top-10 finish. Two other Engineer teams reached the Sweet 16 round of their championships, with Men’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball both earning 64 points in the cup standings. The MIT Men’s Cross Country team also qualified for NCAA competition, with the Engineers placing 19th for 55 points.
A measure of overall success of collegiate athletics programs, the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports — nine women’s and nine men’s. A complete list of the rankings can be viewed on the NACDA website.