CLEVELAND, Ohio – Bolstered by a record seven conference championships, the Johnson & Wales University athletics department had its highest finish ever in the Division III Learfield Director's Cup standings. The Wildcats ended the 2017-18 season ranked 55th out of 442 schools across the country.
Johnson & Wales accumulated 326 points, including 154.50 during the spring season, to finish 1.50 points back of SUNY Cortland. The JWU wrestling program recorded 98.5 points thanks to a sixth-place finish and the women's volleyball team's run to the quarterfinals netted 73.00 points. In the spring, the Wildcats got points from softball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's golf and women's tennis.
The Wildcats have finished in the top 25 percentile each of the last three years. Prior to this season, JWU's best finish came in 2015-16 when the Wildcats recorded 198.50 points to place 99th.
Johnson & Wales was the highest finishers in the GNAC and ranked fourth from schools in the GNAC, NEWMAC, CCC and Little East.
The Learfield Directors' Cup is annually awarded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) based on order of finish at NCAA championships. Williams amassed 1,126.50 points for its 21st title out of the 23 total that have been awarded since 1995-96. MIT was next with 1,001.50 points.