The SUNY Cortland men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program ranks eighth out of approximately 430 NCAA Division III schools after the fall season in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.
The competition, which continues through the winter and spring seasons, is organized by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to annually recognize the top collegiate athletic programs for overall excellence.
Cortland, the top-ranked New York school, scored 205 points in the fall season. Washington University of Missouri leads the standings with 372 points.
The standings are compiled based on schools’ national finishes in different sports. Teams earn points by qualifying for the NCAA postseason and additional points for advancing in the playoffs. The national champion in each sport receives 100 points.
Cortland scored points in four of the seven NCAA championships conducted during the fall. The Red Dragons' women's soccer and women's volleyball teams each tied for fifth nationally after advancing to the national quarterfinals. The field hockey team tied for 17th place and the men's cross country squad finished 20th.
Cortland is one of only five schools nationwide, and the only New York institution, to place in the top 20 every year since the standings were first compiled on the Division III level during the 1995-96 school year.
The Red Dragons have earned eight top-10 finishes, including a tie for second place in 1997-98 and a third-place finish in 2006-07.
View the current rankings.