CLEVELAND, Ohio – For the fourth year in a row, the Johnson & Wales University athletics department proved to be one of the best in NCAA Division III. The Wildcats finished the year ranked 84th out of 442 schools in the final Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup standings.
Johnson & Wales amassed 235 points to finish just behind Haverford and Saint John's (MN). The Wildcats bested Misericordia, Gettysburg and Endicott.
Leading the way was the wrestling program who's third-place finish at the NCAA Championships grabbed 85 points. Women's volleyball collected 65 points for making the third round of the NCAA Tournament while the first round victory from women's lacrosse netted 50 more points. Men's golf completed the scoring with 36 points.
The Wildcats continued their impressive run of finishing in the top 25 percentile each of the last four years. Johnson & Wales was the highest finishers in the GNAC and ranked fifth from schools in the GNAC, NEWMAC, CCC and Little East.
The Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup is annually awarded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) based on the order of finish at NCAA championships. Williams collected 1,117 points for its 22nd title out of the 24 total that have been awarded since 1995-96. Johns Hopkins followed at 1,083 points with Washington-St. Louis, Middlebury and Emory rounding out the top five.