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April 29, 2010
9:50 a.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — With two seasons down and one to go, UVa is in eighth place in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup competition.

The final winter standings were released Thursday morning, and Virginia, with 610.5 points, is close behind No. 7 North Carolina (612.3) and No. 6 Nebraska (617.25).

Coming out of the fall, UVa was second, behind only 15-time winner Stanford. Spring, however, is by far the Cavaliers’ strongest season, so look for them to make a Robby Andrews-like surge in the home stretch of the Directors’ Cup race.

The first spring standings will be released June 3.

Virginia is ranked No. 1 nationally in men’s tennis, men’s lacrosse and baseball, and the women’s rowing team is also an NCAA title contender.

The Directors’ Cup competition reflects schools’ performances in NCAA championships. UVa totaled 337 points in the fall and 273.5 in the winter.

Virginia, which placed eighth overall in 2008-09, is bidding for its first top-5 finish in the Directors’ Cup.

Jeff White

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