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Dec. 9, 2009
10:28 a.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The first Directors’ Cup standings of the 2009-10 academic year are out, and UVa is in first place.

The Wahoos’ lead will be short-lived, because these standings reflect the results of only three sports: men’s cross country, women’s cross country and field hockey.

Still, Virginia figures to head into the winter ranked among the top five schools.

The Directors’ Cup competition reflects schools’ performances in NCAA championships. UVa finished 15th in both men’s and women’s cross country, earning 45 points in each sport. The ‘Hoos advanced to the NCAA semifinals in field hockey and so picked up 83 points in that sport, for an early-fall total of 173.

Princeton is second in the initial 2009-10 standings with 158 points.

Virginia won’t get anything for football or volleyball, but it advanced to the round of 16 in women’s soccer, and that was worth 64 points.

In men’s soccer, the ‘Hoos have reached the College Cup. If they lose in the semifinals Friday in Cary, N.C., they’ll walk off with 83 Directors’ Cup points. If they win Friday and then lose Sunday, they’ll get 90.

An NCAA championship is worth 100 points in the Directors’ Cup race.

All of which means UVa will emerge from the fall with at least 320 points. In the final fall standings for 2008-09, that would have been good for third place.

Virginia was 11th coming out of the fall in 2008-09. It finished the academic year in eighth place.

The next Directors’ Cup standings will be released Dec. 17.

Jeff White

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