CLEVELAND – The Northern Michigan University Wildcats rank 42nd in the latest NCAA Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings (Top 14-percent (13.5) out of the 311 schools competing in NCAA Division II athletics).
The latest rankings were released Thursday afternoon by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics at the two-thirds mark of the 2013-14 athletic year and following the completion of the NCAA’s winter sports championships, which saw four Northern Michigan teams competing.
The Wildcats added 184.25 points from winter championship participation after earning 32 points during fall sports competition for a total of 216.25 points.
Northern Michigan earned 69 points for its second place finish in Nordic skiing (seventh-place overall) at the NCAA skiing championships, and earned 63.75 points for its 12th-place finish at the NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships.
The Wildcats also achieved 25 points for participating in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and 26.5 points with a 46th-place finish at the NCAA indoor track and field championships.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's NCAA finish in up to 14 sports – seven women's and seven men's.