Penn State Finishes 6th in Director’s Cup
Penn State placed sixth in the final standings of the Learfield Director’s Cup, and also broke the school’s total point record with 1,100 points. The top 10 finish was Penn State’s ninth top 10 finish in the Director’s Cup’s 20 years of existence.
The national championship in wrestling propelled Penn State from eighth place after fall sports to third place in the standings following the winter sports season. Despite the Women’s Track and Field Big Ten championship, performances by spring sports — including losing records in both baseball and softball — resulted in Penn State dropping from third to sixth in the standings.
Michigan was the only other Big Ten school in the top 10 of the Director’s Cup, coming in at fourth place.
Penn State’s sixth place finish was its highest finish since 2007-2008 when they placed fifth. It was also their first top 10 finish since 2007-2008, when they placed ninth. Penn State broke a school record this year with 11 Big Ten titles.
The Learfield Director’s Cup is a joint effort between the National Association of College Directors of Athletics and USA Today. The rankings are determined by performance in 20 different sports — 10 Men’s and 10 Women’s. Stanford has won the Director’s Cup 19 consecutive times, including this year.