@AdrianBulldogs Finish in Top-20 Percent of NACDA/Learfield Division III Directors' Cup for 2016-17 Campaign

@AdrianBulldogs Finish in Top-20 Percent of NACDA/Learfield Division III Directors' Cup for 2016-17 Campaign

2017 Division III FINAL standings (through NCAA Spring Championships)

2017 Division III standings (through NCAA Winter Championships)

CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Thursday released the final standings for the 2016-17 Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, where Adrian College placed 93rd out of 325 scoring schools.

There are 450 total members in Division III, which is the largest classification in NCAA. Adrian ranks in the top-20 percent for having one of the best broad-based intercollegiate athletics programs in the nation.

This spring, the Bulldogs received credit for a 17th place finish in the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship, earning 50 points toward their winter score of 173 for a grand total of 223.

Coach Craig Rainey's club swept the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular-season and tournament titles to make its 11th NCAA baseball tournament appearance. Adrian's string of nine MIAA championships is a conference record and the program has won five of the first six conference tournaments since it was established in 2012.

Men's Outdoor Track and Field also competed in its national championship, but did not place to earn points in the Cup standings.

Adrian made its season debut in the Cup Winter Standings in 63rd place out of 285 scoring schools after sending three sports--Men's Ice Hockey, Women's Ice Hockey, Men's Wrestling--to their respective NCAA Championships.

With 223 total points, Adrian lists third among MIAA institutions behind Calvin in 16th (596.50) and Hope in 19th (550). A year ago, the Bulldogs were 143rd (out of 324 placers) with 135 points.

Women's Hockey earned a National Runner-Up finish in its first-ever trip to the "final four" which the College hosted for the first time, receiving 90 points for second place in the Learfield Cup. The program qualified for the NCAAs for the third time in school history since making its tournament debut in 2011. The Bulldogs swept for the second consecutive year the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Kronschnabel Trophy and Slaats Cup for topping the conference during the regular-season and tournament championship. In fact, the club achieved the first perfect 18-0 regular-season in NCHA history.

Men's Hockey also achieved a "final four" berth, credited with third-place and 83 points in the Directors' Cup standings. The Bulldogs won their third-consecutive NCHA Peters Cup regular-season championship and advanced to the conference tournament final for the ninth time in 10 seasons of their existence. Adrian also made its fifth NCAA tournament appearance in a row and seventh overall, defeating defending national champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 6-3, on the road in the National Quarterfinals. The team lost a 5-4 heartbreaker in overtime to 2017 NCAA champion Norwich in the semifinal round.

In its second year in the modern era of Bulldogs Wrestling, Adrian sent another national qualifier in junior co-captain and two-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American Zach Rieger. Despite not receiving any points, Adrian was credited with a 58th-place tie in the program's sixth all-time NCAA appearance (1975-76-77-79-2016-17).

The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today, signifying excellence in maintaining a broad-based athletics department. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA DIII Championship competition in up to 18 sports -- nine for men and nine for women. Each national champion receives 100 points with a national runner-up finish worth 90 points, with a sliding point scale continuing on down by order of finish.

The MIAA is one of only a handful of conferences with eight or more of its members listed in the NACDA/Learfield standings, as Trine (115th, 175), Albion (192nd, 88), Kalamazoo (201st, 81.50), Alma (204th, 79.50) and Olivet (221st, 72.00) make an appearance.

Adrian's best showing ever in the Directors' Cup came in 2013 in 71st place with 246 points (as 330 schools earned points).

Nationally, Williams claimed its 20th Cup title by overtaking Washington-St. Louis, 1335.25 to 1227.

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