March 26, 1998
CLEVELAND, OH — By virtue of its third-place finish at the NCAA men’s indoor track meet, Clemson has improved to 17th place in the Sear’s Director’s Cup standings. Clemson ranked 23rd in the poll through the end of the fall sports.
The Tigers have 150 total points for the academic year, including 80 that were scored during the recently completed championships in track and swimming.
The results include NCAA championships through March 25th. The Sear’s Director’s Cup is awarded each year by the nation’s athletic directors (NACDA) to the school with the top all-around sports program.
Stanford leads the standings at the moment with 560 points, followed by North Carolina with 370. Michigan is third, followed by Colorado and Penn State tied for fourth, and Nebraska in sixth. UCLA is seventh, followed by Florida, Arkansas and Notre Dame. Virginia is ranked 14th. Clemson, Virginia and North Carolina are the only ACC schools in the top 20.
Clemson scored points in three sports in recent weeks. Led by NCAA Champion (200 meters) Shawn Crawford, the Tiger track team finished third at the NCAA meet two weeks ago. The finish gave Clemson 60 points in the standings. The women’s swimming team also picked up 10 points for its 35th-place finish nationally, and the women’s indoor track team added 10 points for its 33rd -place finish.
The Tiger program also figures to add some points for women’s basketball next week. The Lady Tigers were ranked in the top 15 in the country in both polls entering the NCAA event.
Clemson figures to score well in outdoor track, baseball and golf in the spring. Clemson is ranked in the top 10 in the country in all three of those sports.
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