CLEVELAND – Four SAC institutions are ranked in the top 100 of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings following the winter sports season, led by No. 11 Wingate.
Queens is also in the Directors' Cup's top-20 at No. 19, while Carson-Newman is No. 69 and Lenoir-Rhyne is No. 70. The Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's national finish in up to 14 sports – seven men's and seven women's.
Wingate's positioning in the standings was aided by its women's basketball program's selection to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional. Lenoir-Rhyne's women's basketball team also earned selection to the NCAA Tournament, and Carson-Newman's men's program claimed a spot in the men's basketball bracket.
Wingate and Queens both had strong finishes in men's and women's swimming, and the Royals also earned points in the standings based on their men's and women's indoor track and field performances. While not official SAC championship sports, swimming and indoor track and field are utilized by the Directors' Cup.
Rounding out the SAC's representation in the standings are No. 105 Newberry, No. 108 Anderson, No. 165 Lincoln Memorial, No. 185 Coker, No. 189 Mars Hill and No. 190 Tusculum. Final Cup standings will be announced following the completion of spring sports.