The Arkansas athletic program is now tied with Duke University for ninth place nationally for sports performance in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, and it is the only Southeastern Conference program represented in the top 10 with a total of 377 points.
The UofA is one of four programs in the top 25 for sports, which include cross country, football, track and field, soccer and volleyball.
The top five programs ranked are Stanford, Florida State, Oregon, Michigan State and Colorado. SEC programs represented in the top 25 include Texas A&M ranked 12, Florida ranked 14 and Kentucky ranked 22.
The Directors’ Cup, presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, has three divisions based on fall, winter and spring sports. The Directors’ Cup highlights institutions that have a broad-based program and are successful in multiple men’s and women’s sports, according to the Directors’ Cup website.
This year, the university received its first top 20 ranking for fall sports since the 2006-2007 school year.
Several top 10 finishes for various Razorback sports contributed to the ranking.
Men’s track and field contributed 90 points to the overall ranking after a second place finish in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, while women’s track and field contributed 73.5 points for a sixth place finish at the same meet.
Men’s cross country also contributed 64.5 points to the overall ranking after a 12th place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, while women’s cross country contributed 60 points for a 15th place finish at nationals.
The overall rankings and winner of the Directors’ Cup will be announced after the the final scores from the fall, winter and spring rankings are combined at the end of the school year.