Even though the College World Series is still ongoing, it was announced yesterday that Ohio State had locked up a second place finish in 2010-2011 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. This is the highest ever finish by the university, beating out a third place finish in 2003. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. Points are awarded based on how well a school does in 20 sports, 10 men’s and 10 women’s. This year’s cup was won by Stanford.
Ohio State’s record setting finish was made possible thanks to a strong performance by the spring sports. The men’s volleyball team won the national title, men’s tennis finished third, men’s golf put in a fifth place performance, and women’s rowing earned a 10th place finish. Additional top ten performances over the course of the year were provided by women’s soccer (3rd), women’s field hockey (3rd), football (5th), fencing (5th), men’s gymnastics (7th), men’s soccer (9th), women’s volleyball (9th), women’s basketball (9th), and men’s basketball (9th). Congratulations go out to all the Buckeye athletes who showed why OSU is truly the best in the Big Ten, Penn State finished 11th and Michigan finished 14th in the Cup standings.