(Westlake, Ohio) – The fall standings for the Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup have been released. Dickinson had an outstanding fall campaign, ranking 15th overall. The Red Devils earned points with the success of the men's and women's cross country, and men's soccer programs.
The Learfield Sports 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 Championship competition in up to 18 sports, nine women's and nine men's.
The Dickinson men's cross country team overcame injury and adversity to record one of the top finishes in program history at the NCAA National Championship meet. Dickinson senior Ryan Steinbock (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) became just the fourth male to earn All-America honors, and marked the highest finish in program history, crossing the line 14th.
Steinbock orchestrated a brilliant race, leading the #14-ranked Devils to an eight place finish in the team standings. The Red Devils have finished in the top 25 for the past seven seasons, including three top-10 showings since 2010.
The women's cross country team also turned in a remarkable team performance at the NCAA Regional and National Championship meets. Senior Sara Patterson (Houston, Texas/St. John's School) led the 16th-ranked Red Devils to a 15th place finish at nationals. She became the ninth runner for the women's program to earn All-America honors.
The Red Devils have placed in the top-20, eight times since 2002. 2013 marked the 13th consecutive NCAA appearance for head coach Don Nichter and the Dickinson women.
In men's soccer, the Red Devils advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship, finishing the season, 15-6-1 overall. The Red Devils made their third straight appearance in the tournament, earning the program's fifth bid since 2007.
Dickinson won its third straight, opening round match, as senior Javier Mena (San Salvador, El Salvador/The American School) handed out a pair of assists in a 2-0 win over Susquehanna University. Mena became the program's all-time leader in assists, finishing with 23 in his career.
Mena made his fourth straight appearance on the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Mid-Atlantic Region team, earning First-team honors for the third straight season. Classmate Derek Kachadurian (Weston, Mass./Weston) was also selected to the All-Region squad, earning Second-team recognition.
The final Division III fall standings will be released Tuesday, December 24. Please note, standings published mid-season, are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
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