Cleveland, Ohio (June 2) -- In the final Learfield Directors' Cup standings, MIT finished 11th overall nationally with a total of 667.25 points in the 2016-2017 season. The Engineers again finish as the top-ranked program overall from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). This year, the NEWMAC had a pair of schools inside the top 25 and three within the top 50 overall.
MIT recently swept the NEWMAC men's and women's Presidents Cups for the second straight season and third time overall, recognized as the top men's and women's athletic programs in the league. In 2016-17, MIT claimed 10 conference championships and made 14 NCAA appearances, including four finishes in the top 10.
"I am proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff for all that they accomplished in the 2016-17 season," said Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics. "To be ranked among the top Division III athletic programs reflects the level of success that we have had due to the hard work and dedication by our athletic programs and I hope that continue to build on that tradition moving forward into next year."
In the 2017 spring season, MIT captured league championships in men's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field to end the year with a league-best 10 overall. The men's tennis team advanced to the regional final, while the outdoor track and field teams sent 12 student-athletes to the national championship in Geneva, Ohio. The women's tennis team also competed in the NCAA Tournament after winning the league crown in the fall and advanced to the second round.
Thus far, MIT has had 83 student-athletes earn All-American status and nine have been named as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. In addition, the Engineers have 204 All-Conference performers, 251 Academic All-Conference honorees, eight Athletes of the Year, six Rookies of the Year, six Coaches of the Year and three NCAA Elite 90 winners.
The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships.