A pair of top-five national finishes in outdoor track and field has vaulted Arkansas to 17th in the next to last Learfield Sports Directors Cup Standings. The Razorbacks moved up seven spots in the latest standings issued this week by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA).
Arkansas has earned 839.5 points and will add significant points in the final standings released next week based on baseball’s trip to the College World Series. The Razorbacks rank fourth among Southeastern Conference programs. A total of seven SEC programs rank in the latest edition of the top 25.
The Razorbacks picked up 85 points after the men’s track and field team earned a third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. Arkansas has now posted top-10 national outdoor track and field finishes in five-consecutive years. Omar McLeod (110-meter hurdles) and the Razorbacks’ 4×100-meter relay won event national titles, to bring Arkansas’ program total to 50 NCAA event titles at the outdoor championship meet.
Arkansas tallied another 80 points with a fourth-place finish by the women’s track and field team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Arkansas’ team finish represented the best finish in program history at the outdoor national meet and its seventh top-10 finish overall. Arkansas was the only women’s track and field program to earn top-five national finishes in the cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons.
The Directors Cup is a competition that tracks the nation’s most successful intercollegiate athletics programs for their athletic performances throughout the year. The spring standings released this week included scoring for fall and winter sports as well as points for men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, women’s softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s volleyball and women’s water polo.