Athletics places 22nd in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

<p>With six teams scoring among the Top 10 nationally this year, including a pair of Top 4 finishes in the spring, Arizona State University has accumulated 792.25 points in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup to finish the 2009-10 academic year 22nd among the nation’s NCAA Division I institutions, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced Thursday. Fifteen Sun Devil squads contributed points toward the overall total in the Cup standings, which is presented annually to the top all-around athletic department in the nation.</p><separator></separator><p>The overall winner was Stanford, who scored 1,508.50 points with the remaining teams in the Top 5 consisting of Florida (1,310.25), Virginia (1,253.25), UCLA (1,124.00) and Florida State (1,087.50). The Pac-10 Conference had 8-of-10 institutions in the Top 30 and all 10 in the Top 79 on a list of 278 NCAA Division I schools that scored this year. The five Conference teams ahead of ASU all placed in the Top 15, including No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA, No. 9 California (1,013.50), No. 13 USC (906.50) and No. 14 Oregon (878.50).</p><separator></separator><p>Two Sun Devil squads concluded their seasons in the Top 5 nationally with Melissa Luellen’s women’s golf team and Greg Kraft’s men’s outdoor track &amp; field team both placing fourth at their respective championship events to earn 80 points for the department. Baseball, under the direction of first-year head coach and 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year <a href="">Tim Esmay</a>, scored 73 points with their seventh-place finish while Kraft’s men’s indoor track &amp; field squad also finished seventh to earn 72 points. The final two teams in the Top 10 both finished ninth overall, including Randy Lein’s men’s golf team and Clint Myers’ softball squad, who collected 68.25 and 64 points, respectively.</p><separator></separator><p>Three teams opened the scoring with points in the fall championships, including both cross country teams and the women’s soccer team. Louie Quintana’s harriers collected 62 total points as his men placed 19th (36 points) and his women finished 24th (26 points) while Kevin Boyd’s soccer team was 33rd overall to add 25 points. Following the fall, the Sun Devils ranked 64th overall with 87.0 points.</p><separator></separator><p>ASU climbed to 40th overall by the end of the fall with 351.0 points scored as five other teams added to the point total. Along with the men’s indoor track &amp; field team, points were earned by gymnastics, both swimming &amp; diving teams and the wrestling team. First-year swimming head coach <a href="… Tierney-Walker</a>, along with 12th-year head diving coach <a href="">Ma… Bradshaw</a>, led the women’s team to a 22nd-place finish (51.5 points) while the men were 24th (50 points) following the NCAA swimming and diving competitions. Another first year coach, <a href="">… Charles</a>, led the wrestlers to a 30th-place finish to add 44 points while <a href="">John Spini</a>, who recently completed his 29th year with the gymnastics program, saw his women finish 25th overall for 46.50 points earned.</p><separator></separator><p>As is the case each year, the spring sports is where the Sun Devils scored much of their points as seven of the eight eligible teams advanced to postseason action and scored in the Cup standings. Along with both golf teams, men’s outdoor track &amp; field, baseball and softball, the Sun Devils added points from women’s tennis and women’s outdoor track &amp; field. Sheila McInerney‘s tennis team finished 17th overall (50 points) as her squad competed in the NCAA event for the 23rd year in a row in her 25 years at ASU while Kraft’s women finished tied for 46th in the nation to collect 26 points.</p><separator></separator><p>ASU has finished between fourth and 22nd in each of the past five years with finishes of 22nd (2009-10), 12th (2008-09), fourth (2007-08), 10th (2006-07) and 13th (2005-06).</p><separator></separator><p>The Cup, which has carried the names of several different sponsors, was started in the early 1970’s by the Knoxville Journal with the newspaper awarding points based upon finishes in the national meets and tallying three standings: men, women and combined. Under that format, ASU climbed its way into the Top 5 on several occasions as a combined program, finishing second in 1981 after placing third in 1976, 1977 and 1978. When USA Today took over compiling the numbers in the late 1980’s, the Sun Devils finished in the Top 10 on several occasions as a combined program with their highest finish coming in 1990 when they finished fourth after the men were fourth and women fifth in their separate divisions.</p><separator></separator><p>Arizona State in the Directors’ Cup Final Standings<br /> 2009-10 - 22nd<br /> 2008-09 - 12th<br /> 2007-08 - 4th<br /> 2006-07 - 10th<br /> 2005-06 - 13th<br /> 2004-05 - 11th<br /> 2003-04 - 17th<br /> 2002-03 - 10th<br /> 2001-02 - 15th<br /> 2000-01 - 9th<br /> 1999-00 - 11th<br /> 1998-99 - 12th<br /> 1997-98 - 12th<br /> 1996-97 - 13th<br /> 1995-96 - 21st<br /> 1994-95 - 12th<br /> 1993-94 - 10th</p><separator></separator><p>2009-10 Directors’ Cup Top 5 &amp; Pac-10 Finishes<br /> 1. Stanford (1,508.50)<br /> 2. Florida (1,310.25)<br /> 3. Virginia (1,253.25)<br /> 4. UCLA (1,124.00)<br /> 5. Florida State (1,087.50)<br /> ---<br /> 9. California (1,013.50)<br /> 13. USC (906.50)<br /> 14. Oregon (878.50)<br /> 22. Arizona State (792.25)<br /> 24. Washington (770.75)<br /> 30. Arizona (683.05)<br /> 68. Oregon State (284.50)<br /> 79. Washington State (217.50)</p><separator></separator><p>Sun Devil Teams Scoring in the 2009-10 Directors’ Cup<br /> 80.00 - Golf (W) - 4th place<br /> 80.00 - Track &amp; Field (M/Out) - 4th<br /> 73.00 - Baseball - 7th<br /> 72.00 - Track &amp; Field (M/In) - 7th<br /> 68.25 - Golf (M) - 9th<br /> 64.00 - Softball - 9th<br /> 51.50 - Swimming &amp; Diving (W) - 22nd<br /> 50.00 - Swimming &amp; Diving (M) - 24th<br /> 50.00 - Tennis - 17th<br /> 46.50 - Gymnastics - 25th<br /> 44.00 - Wrestling - 30th<br /> 36.00 - Cross Country (M) - 19th<br /> 26.00 - Cross Country (W) - 24th<br /> 26.00 - Track &amp; Field (W/Out) - 46th<br /> 25.00 - Soccer - 33rd</p>