The University of Oregon completed its third top-25 finish in four years in the final 2011-12 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings released Tuesday.
The Ducks registered 747.25 total points and accumulated points in 11 allowable sports to finish 24th in this year’s all-sport standings. Yet the most impressive aspect of the competition is that Oregon finished as the top program in the country among schools sponsoring 18 NCAA championship sports or less. In addition, the University boasts one of only five athletic departments among the top-50 national finishers in the Directors' Cup standings sponsoring 18 or fewer sports.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup 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, 10 women’s), with the Ducks receiving credit for their national finishes in football, women’s volleyball, 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.
Fueling the school’s amazing run were the 430.25 points garnered during the spring season, which included a second-place national finish by the women’s outdoor track team, third in men’s golf, fifth-place points in softball and ninth-place points in both baseball and men’s track.
Eight different UO sports programs finished their seasons among the nation’s top 10, with women’s indoor track & field (1st, 100 pts.), football (4th, 80 pts.), and women’s cross country (5th, 75 pts.) joining the elite spring finishes.
Stanford accumulated top honors for the 18th straight year with a total of 1,448.25 points, as the Pac-12 Conference led the country with six schools finishing among the nation’s top-25.
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