SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University athletic department closed out its final season of competition by finishing 52nd in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for NCAA Division II with 343 points among its 12 intercollegiate sports.
Armstrong State placed second among Peach Belt Conference schools, coming in a mere eight points behind Columbus State (351), and the Pirates were fifth among Southeast Region schools in the overall standings, which were paced again by Grand Valley State (1020 pts). California Baptist (750.25) was second, followed by West Florida (641), UC San Diego (637) and Queens (NC) (618).
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 finishes in the NCAA Championships.
Six of Armstrong State's 11 sports accumulated points in 2016-17, beginning with volleyball, who earned 50 points for advancing to the NCAA Southeast Regional second round. Women's soccer also earned 50 points for advancing to the NCAA Southeast Regional second round.
The spring season was highlighted by women's tennis and softball each earning 83 points for its NCAA national semifinals finish. Men's tennis earned 64 points for advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 while women's golf finished with 13 points for advancing to the NCAA South Regional.
Listed below is a chart of Armstrong State's year-by-year finish in the Directors' Cup.
Armstrong State's Year-by-Year Finish in the Directors' Cup Standings