Penn State moves to No. 2 in Directors' Cup standings

University Park, Pa. — Highlighted by the school's first NCAA Wrestling national championship since 1953, Penn State jumped three spots in the first winter Learfield Sports Directors' Cup rankings and now sits second overall in the latest standings.

In addition to the wrestling championship, both of Penn State's indoor track & field squads as well as the women's swimming team earned points for their efforts during their respective championship competitions. Through the first round of winter titles, the Nittany Lions have earned 228.25 points.

Combined with their fall total, the Lions have accumulated 528.25 points overall. Stanford continues to lead the way with 674 points, while Florida State (505.50), Ohio State (503.00), and Wisconsin (496.25) round out the top-five.

The next Division I winter standings will be released on Thursday, April 7. Penn State looks to continue its upward surge as the Lions have already earned points in men's and women's basketball, while fencing and men's swimming are still on tap.

Penn State has finished in the top-25 in each of the previous 17 Directors' Cup competitions. The Nittany Lions are one of only 10 programs nationwide that has finished in the top-25 in every poll, joining Arizona State, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Southern California, Stanford, Texas, and UCLA.

PSU earned 100 points for the wrestling team's outstanding performance. Last weekend, the Nittany Lions capped off a tremendous postseason effort by capturing the national title with 107.5 points. Sophomore Quentin Wright, who earned the national crown at 184, joined with Big Ten Coach of the Year Cael Sanderson and All-Americans Andrew LongFrank Molinaro,David Taylor, and Ed Ruth to win the championship.

The men's indoor track & field team also capitalized on several excellent individual efforts to place 11th at the NCAA Championships. Senior Ryan Foster placed third in the mile and freshman Brady Gehret earned the bronze in the 400-meter to highlight the title meet. The 4x400-meter relay unit also earned All-American honors with a fifth-place showing, which helped the Nittany Lions earn 65.25 points in the Directors' Cup standings.

On the women's side, the indoor track & field team placed 45th and earned Penn State 27 points in the race for the Directors' Cup. The Nittany Lions were led by the 4x400 relay team, which placed sixth in the event. For their performance, the contingent of Doris AnyanwuIjeoma IheomaShavon Greaves, and Megan Duncan all earned All-American honors.

Rounding out the winter sport standouts, the women's swimming team earned 36 points after placing 35th at the national championships. Merritt Krawczyk was the story of the meet, earning All-American honors in both the 100-breaststroke and 200-IM. Amy Modglin also became a two-time All-American with her performance in the 200-backstroke, while Penn State's 200-freestyle relay foursome also earned the sport's highest honor.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings are unveiled following the fall, winter and spring seasons. The award 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 -- 10 women's and 10 men's.

 

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Last Updated March 28, 2011