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Razorbacks in the Top 25

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks in the Top 25

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas ranks tied for 25th after the first fall Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings the National Association of Collegiate Director’s of Athletics announced today. The Razorbacks scored 63 total points as of the first fall reporting period. In 2007-08, Arkansas finished 24th in the final standings, its highest finish since 1998-99. “We are pleased that the University of Arkansas is once again ranked among the nation’s top programs in the first edition of this year’s Director’s Cup standings,” Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Jeff Long said. “Our goal for all 19 sports is to compete for the Southeastern Conference championship which will in turn rank us high on the national level. At the University of Arkansas we are proud to sponsor a successful broad based sports program. Our coaches, staff and more than 462 Razorback student-athletes remain committed to representing the University of Arkansas proudly while striving for academic and athletic excellence.” Arkansas scored 45 points thanks to the Razorback women’s cross country team’s 15th place finish at the NCAA Championship. Senior Denise Bargiachi was the lead runner for Arkansas for the first time in the 2008 season. She finished 54th overall followed by sophomore Catherine White, Dacia Perkins, Jillian Rosen and Christine Kalmer. Arkansas added 18 more points as the men’s cross country team ran to a 28th-place finish at the NCAA Championships as well. Senior Scott MacPherson paced the Razorbacks with a 32nd-place showing. Eric Fernandez was Arkansas’ number two followed by Alex McClary, Andy McCLary and Duncan Phillips. The University of Oregon leads the early standings with just three sports (men’s and women’s cross country and women’s field hockey) counting toward the point totals. The Ducks tallied 190 points going one-two at the men’s and women’s cross country meets. Stanford is second with 151 points, with Washington, Princeton and Virginia rounding out the top five teams. The Auburn Tigers are the only other Southeastern Conference team in the top 25. The Tigers are 20th with 75 points scoring all their points with a fifth-place men’s cross country finish. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is a program that honors institutions for their successes in several men’s and women’s sports. The award began in 1993-94 and awards points based on NCAA Championship finishes in 10 men’s and 10 women’s Division I sports. The overall champion is determined by the institution with the highest number of points and they receive a crystal trophy. For more information about Arkansas Razorback athletics, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

2008-09 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division I Fall Standings As of 12/4/2008

RankTeamTotal Pts.WXC Pl.Pts.MXC Pl.Pts.WFH Pl.Pts.
1Oregon190.00290110000
2Stanford151.0086638500
3Washington138.001100183800
4Princeton (N.J.)135.0057500560
5Virginia130.0026221448560
6Georgetown121.509631058.500
7Michigan State115.501155.500560
8Wisconsin112.00213248000
9Iowa109.00242600383
10Florida State106.00385262100
11Syracuse101.00281800383
12Minnesota100.501155.5154500
13Maryland100.0000001100
13Northern Arizona100.00232867200
15Iona (N.Y.)90.000029000
15Wake Forest90.000000290
17Providence85.001351203400
18Villanova (Pa.)84.00672311200
19West Virginia80.004800000
20Auburn75.000057500
21Portland69.000076900
21Texas Tech69.007690000
23Michigan68.001642242600
24Oklahoma State66.000086600
25Arkansas63.001545281800
25Brigham Young (Utah)63.000096300
27Duke (N.C.)60.000000560
27Illinois60.0010600000
29Alabama58.50001058.500
30Colorado54.0000125400
31Notre Dame52.002916193600
32Tulsa51.0000135100
33Penn State49.00002524925
34Arizona State48.0014480000
35William and Mary (Va.)42.0000164200
36Florida40.0017400000
36Iowa State40.0000174000
38New Mexico38.0018380000
39Baylor (Tex.)36.0019360000
40Southern Methodist (Tex.)34.0020340000
41North Carolina State32.0000213200
42California30.0000223000
42Rice (Tex.)30.0022300000
44CP San Louis Obisp28.0000232800
45Albany25.000000925
45American25.000000925
45Connecticut25.000000925
45James Madison (Va.)25.000000925
45Louisville25.000000925
45Massachusetts25.000000925
45North Carolina25.000000925
52Nebraska24.0025240000
53UCLA21.0000262100
54Boston College20.0027200000
55Butler (Ind.)16.0000291600
56Stony Brook14.0030140000
56Texas A&M14.0000301400
58Kentucky12.0031120000

W.-Women; M. – Men; CC – cross country; FH – field hockey



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