The thrill of victory … for the Tommies in winning the Division III national baseball title this spring. The Tommies also won the title in 2001.
St. Thomas ranks 13th in national Directors Cup
Led by a national championship in baseball, the Tommies wrapped up the 2008-09 athletic season ranked 13th out of 435 institutions in the NCAA Division III Directors Cup all-sport standings.
The standings were announced Friday, June 19.
The Tommies' 702 points were their most ever in the 14-year history of the format. UST has placed in the top 40 in Division III every year of the competition, including six top-16 finishes. St. Thomas finished 12th in 2007-08.
The final scoring was announced by the National Association of Collegiate Athletics Directors (NACDA). The prestigious competition is sponsored by NACDA, Learfield Communications, and USA TODAY, and seeks to recognize the top overall collegiate athletic programs in the country.
Williams (Mass.) took first for the 13th time in 14 seasons.
The Tommies scored in 13 of 22 sports, led by top-five national team finishes in baseball (first), men’s outdoor track and field (third), and men’s basketball (tied for fifth). UST also had top-20 team finishes in women’s cross country (14th), women’s indoor track (12th), men’s indoor track (15th) and women’s golf (17th).
Baseball’s national championship is the second for the program and UST’s fourth team title this decade. The Tommies also won NCAA titles in baseball in 2001 and in softball in 2004 and 2005.
For a complete wrap-up of the 2008-09 season visit this Tommie Sports page.