Bearcat Athletics Finishes 32nd in Prestigious Director's Cup Award

Lake Buena Vista, Florida — Willamette University’s athletic program finished 32nd in the nation in the 2004-2005 Sports Academy Directors Cup, the prestigious award presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA TODAY to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.

Williams College (Mass.) defended its title as the best athletics program in NCAA Division III competition by winning its ninth Sports Academy Directors' Cup.

The Bearcats, in recording the best finish of any Northwest Conference school, racked up points in men’s track and field (4th in the nation), men’s cross country (5th), women’s cross country (9th), women’s track and field (11th) and football (17th).

It was Willamette’s best finish ever in the Director’s Cup.

“As our athletics programs continue to improve in the national rankings, we continue to be a leader in combining the best of academics with the best of athletics,” said Athletic Director Mark Majeski. “Our student-athletes have really accepted the challenge of being the best they can be in both the classroom and on the field. We’re very proud to finish this high in the national rankings.”