UT Tyler tops ASC in Learfield Cup Standings

Thursday, June 1, 2017


TYLER – The UT Tyler Patriots are the top American Southwest Conference athletic program for the fifth straight year in the NCAA Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings and come in at 38th of 324 nationally after another stunning year of success throughout the 17 sports.

UT Tyler was led in the 2016-17 athletic seasons by senior Whitney Simmons who won NCAA Division III National Championships in Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field seasons. Simmons claimed her first title of the year in the Weight Throw in the indoor season and then won her third overall title in the Hammer Throw where she established a new NCAA DIII record with a mark of 64.03 meters. Along with Simmons, the UT Tyler men’s golf and softball teams finished third in the nation in 2017 while the women’s golf team was fifth at the national tournament. The Patriots were represented in national tournaments by baseball, softball, men’s golf, women’s golf and men’s tennis this year.

Mary Hardin-Baylor is second in the ASC in the Learfield Standings at 117th overall, while Hardin-Simmons was 131st and UT Dallas 140th.

Williams College won its 20th Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup, capturing its 20th title out of 22 that have been awarded since 1995-96. The Ephs scored in all 18 (9 women’s/9 men’s) of the sports scored in Division III. The Ephs recorded one national title on the women’s side – tennis – along with runner’s up finishes in swimming, and rowing. On the men’s side, the Ephs highest finish was third in the basketball championship. Washington-St. Louis finished second overall for the fourth time in Cup history, recording 1227.00 total points, capturing a trio of women’s national titles – soccer, and both indoor/outdoor track and field. The Bears scored in the maximum 18 sports. Tufts ends the year in third place with 926.75 total points, marking consecutive years of finishing in the top five. Tufts scored in 16 total sports, with its highest finish coming on the men’s side, capturing the soccer title. In fourth is Claremont-Mudd-Scripps with 895.00 total points. The Stags and Athenas scored in 15 total sports, with the highest finish for both the men and women coming from the tennis tournaments (second and third, respectively). Rounding out the top five is Johns Hopkins with 864.50 total points, scoring in 15 total sports, including a national title in women’s cross country. The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) led all conferences with four institutions in the top 10.

UT Tyler Patriots Director's Cup Final Rankings (by year):

2016-17: 38th (1st in the American Southwest Conference)
2015-16: 23rd (1st in the American Southwest Conference)
2014-15: 16th (1st in the American Southwest Conference)
2013-14: 36th (1st in American Southwest Conference)
2012-13: 35th (1st in American Southwest Conference)
2011-12: 62nd (2nd in American Southwest Conference)
2010-11: 58th (1st in American Southwest Conference)
2009-10: 54th (1st in American Southwest Conference)
2008-09: 33rd (1st in American Southwest Conference)
*2007-08: 116th (3rd in American Southwest Conference)

*First season eligible for standings