UTEP led all Conference USA athletic programs in the final 2016-17 Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, released this week.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup measures performance in NCAA Championship competition. The Miners scored a total of 242.5 points for a no. 83 national finish. The second-highest rated program in C-USA was Middle Tennessee with 217.5 points (91st), while Rice scored 142.5 points to rank 121st.
A total of 293 Division I athletic programs were ranked.
The Miners scored their points from men’s indoor track & field (50 points), men’s outdoor track & field (50 points), women’s outdoor track & field (50 points), men’s cross country (45 points), women’s indoor track & field (25 points) and men’s golf (22.5 points).
The UTEP men’s track & field team finished tied for 22nd at the NCAA Indoor Meet and tied for 23rd at NCAA Outdoors. Women’s track & field tied for 47th at NCAA Indoors and tied for 21st at NCAA Outdoors. Men’s cross country took 29th place at NCAAs. Men’s golf reached NCAA Regionals as a team for the first time since 2004.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports in Division I — 10 men’s and 10 women’s.