In what has become a familiar position, the University of Denver athletics finished as the top I-AAA school in the Directors’ Cup standings. The Pioneers landed in the top spot for the tenth consecutive season and 14th time out of the last 15 years. Compared to all DI programs in the nation, Denver finished in the 63rd spot with a point total of 373.25 points. The I-AAA Directors’ Cup award goes to the best DI non-football athletic program in the country. DU finished ahead of Pepperdine, their closest points competitor, by 88.75 points.
Denver’s final score was buoyed by strong finishes in men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, hockey, skiing, and women’s gymnastics. South Dakota State, a Summit League member with FCS football finished 87th overall with 211.5 points. North Dakota State, also with FCS football, finished 126th with 140 points. Oral Roberts made a run in basketball and baseball NCAA tournaments this past academic year and finished with 103 points.
Locally, the University of Colorado edged the University of Denver with 377 points and a 61st ranking in the overall Directors’ Cup rankings. Stanford won the Directors’ Cup when including football schools. With 15 allowable sports to be counted, the Cardinal secured its 26th overall LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup with 1,412.00 total points. They claimed three national titles – men’s gymnastics, women’s rowing, and women’s water polo – while also tallying five top-3 finishes (women’s swimming and diving, women’s golf, softball, women’s tennis, and men’s outdoor track and field). Overall, Stanford scored in 3 of 4 countable sports, along with 15 additional total sports. The following scores were removed – women’s cross country and soccer, women’s gymnastics, men’s indoor track and field, wrestling, women’s outdoor track and field, and fencing – due to the maximum number of additional sports to be counted being 15.