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Jan. 30, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The University of Virginia intercollegiate athletic program is ranked 11th with 189 points in the final fall standings for the 2001-02 Division I Sears Directors’ Cup. The fall standings are based on the completion of the seasons for women’s and men’s cross country, field hockey, football, women’s and men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo.

The final standings will be published upon completion of the spring sports seasons. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports, 10 for men and 10 for women. Each national champion receives 100 points.

Four of Virginia’s fall athletic teams were involved in NCAA postseason competition. UVa’s women’s cross country team finished ninth at the NCAA Meet, Virginia’s field hockey and women’s soccer teams both reached the quarterfinals of their NCAA Tournaments, and the men’s soccer team also participated in the NCAA Tournament.

Stanford is ranked first in the final fall standings with 521 points followed by North Carolina (305) and UCLA (271). Other Atlantic Coast Conference schools ranked in the Top 25 include Maryland (9th, 196 points), Wake Forest (16th, 158 points) and North Carolina State (18th, 149 points).

There are four Sears Directors’ Cup Awards, one to honor the institution with the best all-around athletic program in each of the NCAA’s Divisions I, II and III, and the NAIA.

Virginia finished 30th in last year’s Division I Sears Directors’ Cup rankings with 478.5 points. UVa has been ranked in the Top 30 in the Sears Directors’ Cup standings in all eight years of the Directors’ Cup program’s existence. Virginia ranked 13th in 2000, eighth in 1999, 13th in 1998, 22nd in 1997, 21st in 1996, tied for 19th in 1995 and 19th in 1994.

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