June 3, 2010
12:08 p.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Its first top-5 finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup competition appears well within UVa’s reach.

The first spring standings were released this morning, and Virginia, which came out of the winter in eighth place, has climbed to third.

Stanford — who else? — is first with 1,395 points, followed by Ohio State with 1,000.50.

UVa is next with 949.50, and its total doesn’t include the 100 points that Kevin Sauer’s team earned by winning the NCAA women’s rowing title last weekend.

That Stanford will win the Directors’ Cup for a record 16th time is certain. But with a strong finish, UVa could overtake Ohio State and finish second.

Virginia placed eighth overall in 2008-09, which tied the school’s best finish in the competition.

The next spring standings will be released June 23, and they will include the points earned in men’s golf, women’s rowing, softball, men’s track and field, and women’s track and field.

The final standings are due out July 1 and will include baseball, a sport in which UVa earned 78 points last year after advancing to the College World Series.

The Directors’ Cup competition reflects schools’ performances in NCAA championships. UVa totaled 337 points in the fall and 273.5 in the winter. The Cavaliers have been credited with 339 points thus far this spring, with many more to come.

Jeff White

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