SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Drury University finished 2021-22 ranked 32nd in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. 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 NCAA Championships.
Drury Athletics picked up points from national tournament appearances in softball, women’s tennis, women’s basketball and women’s soccer. Drury also earned points in national championship events with individuals that placed in men’s swimming & diving, wrestling, women’s cross country, women’s swimming & diving, women’s indoor track & field, and women’s outdoor track & field.
Drury softball made the NCAA-II Tournament for the first time in program history and advanced to the round of 32, and the Panthers earned points in women’s indoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field for the first time ever. The 2021-22 season was also highlighted by Drury winning the GLVC Commissioner’s Cup for the second time in school history for accumulating points for postseason play in the league’s seven core sports.
Grand Valley State won the Learfield Directors’ Cup with 1,013 points. West Texas A&M finished second (862.25), and fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference member Indianapolis came in third with 844.5 points. One other GLVC member finished ahead of Drury in the standings, with McKendree coming in 29th with 436.5 points.
Drury’s finish at number 32 marks the 23rd straight time DU Athletics has finished in the top 50 among the 306 NCAA-II institutions. The Learfield Cup standings were not kept in 2020-21 or 2019-20 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Drury’s Learfield Directors’ Cup history