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Mavericks Athletics Ranked No. 5 Nationally in 2014-15
It's sixth time in past nine years that Minnesota State Mankato has finished in top five nationally.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Athletic Communications Office News Release, 6-4-2015
Orlando, Fla. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato had 13 teams score points in NCAA postseason competition and completed the 2014-15 season ranking fifth in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.
This year marks the sixth time in last nine years Minnesota State Mankato has posted a top-five finish in the standings which recognize top top athletic programs in the country.
Minnesota State Mankato totalled 617.50 points in the 2014-15 Director’s Cup standings in finishing fifth, which puts the Mavericks in the top two percent of the 290 schools that compete in NCAA Division II.
This year marks the 14th straight year that the Mavericks have finished in the top 25 in the country in the national standings and seventh time Minnesota State Mankato has posted a top-five placing.
Minnesota State Mankato has finished in the top 25 15 times in the 20 years since the Directors’ Cup program was inaugurated - 2nd in 2008-09, 3rd in 2007-08, 4th in 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2012-13, 5th in 2014-15, 8th in 2005-06, 10th in 2004-05, 13th in 2010-11, 15th in 2013-14, 16th in 1995-96, 20th in 2003-04, 21st in 2011-12, 22nd in 2002-03 and 23rd in 2001-02.
Minnesota State Mankato ranked first amongst Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference performers in the standings this year. Besides Minnesota State’s fifth-place ranking, other NSIC schools and their finishes included Augustana (tenth), Minnesota Duluth (49th), St. Cloud State (58th), Winona State (76th), Wayne State (92nd), MSU-Moorhead (95th), Sioux Falls (122nd), Southwest Minnesota State (143rd), Northern State (152nd), Concordia-St. Paul (173rd), Mary (183rd) and Upper Iowa (249th).
Posting top-25 team finishes for Minnesota State Mankato in 2014-15 NCAA postseason events were football (2nd), men’s outdoor track & field (7th), women’s soccer (9th), men’s hockey (9th), wrestling (17th), baseball (17th) and men’s golf (21st),
Other Maverick teams and their national finish included women’s golf (26th), women’s swimming (32nd), men’s indoor track & field (33rd), men’s basketball (33rd), women’s basketball (33rd) and women’s outdoor track & field (45th).
Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup General Information
A program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup honors those programs achieving success in many sports, both men’s and women’s. Began in 1993-94 for Division I by NACDA and USA Today, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA. Each institution is awarded points in a predetermined number of sports for men and women. The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points in their division’s Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.