The national poll (formally known as the Sears Cup and the United States Sports Academy rankings) recognizes the accomplishments of colleges and universities maintaining a broad-based athletic program. Schools are awarded points based on their national finish in up to 20 sports (10 men’s programs and 10 women’s).
The Ducks finished 14th in the country (878.5 points) among all NCAA Division I schools in a comparison of the overall success of collegiate athletics programs across the country.
Oregon’s ranking represents its best finish since the rankings originated during the 1993-94 academic year, while its fifth-place showing among the Pacific-10 Conference also signifies an all-time high. It marks the fourth year in a row Oregon’s overall standing improved from the previous year.
It completed last year ranked 22nd in the country (757.25 points) and seventh in the Pac-10.
Stanford accumulated top honors in the competition for the 16th year in a row with 1508.5 points, followed by Florida (1310.25) and Virginia (1253.25). Among the Pac-10 schools, UCLA placed fourth (1124.0), California ninth (1013.5), and USC 13th (906.5), with eight of the league’s institutions listed among the nation’s top 30.
The Ducks were credited for their national finishes in football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s golf, baseball, softball, as well as men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.
Fueled by the school’s storied track program, Oregon was awarded points for top-10 national finishes in six sports – women’s indoor track (1), men’s cross country (2), men’s indoor track (2), women’s outdoor track (2), men’s golf (3), men’s outdoor track (3) and women’s cross country (9).
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