WILIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College scored in eight winter sports to vault from seventh place in the Learfield Directors' Cup NCAA DIII standings after the fall season to second place at the end of the winter season.
Highlighting the Ephs' winter effort was the women's indoor track & field team winning the NCAA title in Boston, despite not having the use of their indoor track for the entire season due to renovation issues.
The Ephs also notched fifth-place performances in men's basketball and women's ice hockey and recorded a couple of top-10 finishes in women's (4th) and men's (7th) swimming and diving. Further, the Ephs placed 19th in skiing, 38th in men's track & field and posted a 52nd-place finish in wrestling.
Those performances netted the Ephs 476.50 points and enabled them to climb within 60.25 points of first place Johns Hopkins. Johns Hopkins has 804.25 points and the Ephs now have 744.0 points. Williams had trailed Johns Hopkins by 207.50 points at the end of the fall campaign.
Johns Hopkins remains atop NCAA Division III in the final winter standings led by a fourth-place finish from the men's swimming and diving team, a 13th-place finish on the women's side, and a 17th-place showing in women's basketball. The Blue Jays also placed 30th in men's track and field and 40th in wrestling.
The 476.50 points accrued by Williams this winter is their third best winter scoring mark behind 579.25 points in 2009-10 and 483.50 in 2010-11.
Washington-St. Louis remains third with 696.75 total points while previous number two, Middlebury, with 594.75 total points, moves down to fourth in the final NCAA DIII winter standings.
The NESCAC has four teams ranked in the top eight after the winter season with Williams second, Middlebury fourth, Amherst (558.75) seventh, and Tufts eighth (558.33).
The NESCAC has won 22 of the 23 Directors' Cups awarded in NCAA DIII with Williams winning 21 and Middlebury (2012) one. UC San Diego, now a member of NCAA DII, won the 1998 Directors' Cup.