Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State Athletics had a year for the ages in 2014-15 and the latest update of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup bears the results.
The Aggies have collected 177.5 points in the annual competition hosted by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
The Directors’ Cup recognizes programs by awarding points for an institution’s success in NCAA Championships competition during a scholastic year.
The latest scoring update for the Directors’ Cup added the Aggies NCAA appearances in women’s golf, softball and men’s golf that jumped their total to 177.5 to nearly double their previous program high of 89 in 2012-13.
The women’s golf team gave NM State the most points of any program this season, as their seventh place finish at the regional tournament equated to a 25th place national finish and scored 47.5 points for the Crimson and White.
The Aggies winning Western Athletic Conference Championships in the spring sports of softball, women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s tennis and men’s tennis to earn berths in the NCAA Championships tallied 127.5 points in the rankings.
NM State also received points for NCAA appearances thanks to WAC Championships in men’s and women’s basketball this winter.
The Aggies won the WAC Commissioner’s Cup for the first time in 2014-15 after winning seven consecutive conference championships during the year.
The Aggies are ranked 106th overall in the Directors’ Cup standings, the highest position in the 22-year history of the program. NM State briefly held 98th last week before track and field scores were added to the program totals.
The final rankings and point totals will be issued June 25 or 26, following baseball’s College World Series that concludes the 2014-15 NCAA sports season.
While there is one more reporting sport, Stanford clinched the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.