CLEVELAND – The Southern New Hampshire University athletic department finished 88th in the final release of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings Thursday, as it totaled 232.00 points for its fifth best finish ever.
The Penmen, who land inside the top 100 for the sixth consecutive season, are the fourth-ranked Northeast-10 institution in the standings, which include 266 Division II schools. SNHU had recorded its best finishes in each of the previous three years, with the No. 41 ranking a year ago serving as its best showing ever. The Penmen have steadily improved since being ranked 138th over a half a decade ago.
Southern New Hampshire had a total of six teams compete in NCAA Championships for the second straight year. Baseball claimed more than a quarter of the Penmen points (64) as it fell one game short of a trip to the College World Series with a defeat in the NCAA East Regional final for the second consecutive season. Men's soccer collected 50 points after pulling an NCAA First Round upset and falling in the next round. Men's cross country's fifth-place finish at the NCAA East Regional and senior Nacho Hernando-Angulo (Logrono, Spain) qualifying for the NCAA National Championship garnered 33 points. Men's basketball, men's tennis and women's tennis each tallied 25 points for NCAA East Regional appearances. Men's golf earned five points for qualifying for the NCAA East Regional, while women's track & field also gained five points for senior Sahara Brown (Center Barnstead, N.H.) placing eighth in the javelin.
The Learfield 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 in Division II – seven men's and seven women's.
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