Husky Athletics Capture Fifth Place in 2009-10 Directors' Cup Standings
Friday, November 19, 2010
St. Cloud State athletics finished fifth, its highest ranking, in the final Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings in 2009-10. The standings measure the overall success of athletic departments based on each team’s finish in NCAA championship competition and honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program and achieving success in many sports, both men’s and women’s.
This fifth place finish is even more impressive when you consider that there are 288 Division II schools competing. It is the first top-10 finish for the Huskies and the highest since finishing 11th in the 2003-04 standings.
A successful winter sports season propelled the Huskies into the top five of the standings. The St. Cloud State men’s basketball team finished in a tie for third in the nation and garnered 83 points towards the total. The Husky basketball team won a school record 29 games and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, winning its quarterfinal game before falling in the national semifinals.
The men’s hockey team placed fifth and won its first NCAA tournament game in dramatic fashion with a 4-3 overtime win against Northern Michigan at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
St. Cloud State senior track and field athlete Heather Miller of Sun Prairie, Wis. won an NCAA Division II National Championship in the indoor pentathlon in March. Miller scored a national and school record 3,993 points to win the title.
Other top 10 finishes nationally for St. Cloud State included a seventh-place finish in wrestling, and ninth-place finishes in women’s indoor track and field, baseball and women’s tennis.
“During their time at St. Cloud State our student-athletes experience tremendous learning and growth while following their academic and athletic passions,” said Director of Athletics Morris Kurtz. “At St. Cloud State this balanced development takes place in the classroom as well as on the playing fields. While we are extremely proud of the athletic successes achieved by our student-athletes, coaches and staff who have established the Huskies as a competitive national force in intercollegiate athletics, we are equally as proud of producing the highest caliber of student-athlete.”