Looking to post a top-20 Division III Learfield Directors Cup national finish for the 10th time in 11 years, St. Thomas sits in 12th place out of 440 eligible schools through winter season.
The Tommies have compiled 455.50 points, including national top-40 places in five of the six fall sports and four of eight winter sports.
The final standings will announced in June after spring sports conclude.
The top five D-III team scores thriugh winter are:
- MIT (686.50);
- Johns Hopkins (639.50);
- Williams (613);
- Middlebury (609);
- Washington (Mo.) (582.50).
The Nos. 6-10 D-III team scores are:
- Emory (578.55);
- UW-La Crosse (540);
- Chicago (532);
- Tufts (521.50);
- Wartburg (508.50).
The Nos. 11-15 D-III team scores are:
- SUNY-Geneseo (507);
- St. Thomas (455.50);
- UW-Eau Claire (452);
- Christopher Newport (444);
- Messiah (422.5);
Teams are awarded points based on NCAA championship or playoff finishes, with 100 points for each national champion squad and scaled down points for other team finishes. UST received more than half of its fall points from football and men's soccer.
Three other MIAC programs are sitting in the top 100: Gustavus (270.5) is in 40th place; Carleton (188.5) is in 57th place; and St. Olaf (124.5) is in 93rd.
Toms' Balance Shines Through
St. Thomas was the lone school to reach the national quarterfinals in football plus one other fall team sport (men's soccer). UST recorded fifth-place finishes in both. In football, UST lost 24-10 on the road to NCAA runner-up Mary Hardin-Baylor. In men's soccer, the Toms lost 1-0 on the road to NCAA runner-up North Park.
The Toms also tied for 17th place in women's soccer; took 22nd in women's cross country; and tied for 33rd in volleyball.
This winter, UST tied for ninth in women's basketball; took 32nd in women's indoor track and field; and scored in the top 40 in both women's and men's swim-dive.
The Tommies are ranked in the top five nationally in men's golf, and that championship will be contested next May.
Last year, St. Thomas finished 17th on the school year and was in ninth place with 474.5 points after winter season.