CLEVELAND – Tarleton State Intercollege Athletics finished in 40th place out of 247 schools in the final NCAA Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
"It was a banner year for Tarleton Athletics," Tarleton State Athletics Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach Lonn Reisman said. "We had four teams claim at least some form of Lone Star Conference Championship this season and seven of our 14 athletic teams got to compete for national championships. I am very proud of the accomplishments that each head coach, assistant coach and student-athlete put forth this past athletic season."
With Tarleton's 388.0-point showing, the Texans and TexAnns posted their second-ever top-50 ranking for the school's best-ever finish in the Directors' Cup. Tarleton's previous best finish came back in 2002-03 when the Texans and TexAnns recorded 292.50 total points to finish in 44th place overall.
Tarleton also finished third among Lone Star Conference institutions this year, trailing only West Texas A&M (2nd, 708.00 points) and Midwestern State (36th, 416.50).
Grand Valley State, who finished the year with 1,030.00 points, won the cup for a ninth time overall and for the first time since 2010-11. The Lakers were followed by WTAMU, Central Missouri, Indianapolis and Ashland in the top five, respectively.
Tarleton scored points in seven different sports this year; with the women's golf team spearheading Tarleton's top-50 showing with an 85.0-point effort and a third-place national finish.
The Texan Outdoor Track & Field team scored 56.6 points after finishing in 17th place overall and a few months earlier, the Texan Indoor Track & Field Team compiled 46.5 points.
Texan Baseball, TexAnn Cross Country, TexAnn Basketball and Texan Basketball rounded out the scoring for the university, as each team collected 50 points for their respective appearances in post-season play.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org.
Lone Star Conference Directors' Cup: 2. West Texas A&M (708.00); 36. Midwestern State (416.4); 40. Tarleton State (388.0); 65. Angelo State (282.75); 89. Texas A&M-Kingsville (221.0); 126. Cameron (158.0); 182. A&M-Commerce (88.75); 203. Eaastern New Mexico (62.5); 210. Texas Woman's (50.0).