The University of New Mexico is in 35th place in the most recent Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings released today. Standings reflect competition at NCAA championships through June 1. UNM was 32nd in the last rankings released on April 30.
The Lobos currently have 465 points, easily the most by UNM since the Directors' Cup started in 1993-94. The previous high was 395 points set in 2004-05. Last month, UNM received 57.75 points from women's golf, which tied for 16th place at the NCAA Championships.
UNM will receive additional points from baseball's participation in the NCAA Tournament, and possibly, from the men's and women's track and field teams, which have seven student-athletes competing at next week's NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
New Mexico is battling with BYU and TCU for the top finish by a Mountain West Conference member. The Cougars are just one spot and three points ahead of the Lobos in 34th place with 468 points. BYU and UNM have the top-two point totals among all non-BCS institutions. TCU is 41st with 420.5 points.
New Mexico is on track to have its best Directors' Cup finish. The Lobos' best finish is 43rd in 1995-96. UNM was 62nd last year.
Stanford has won the Directors' Cup every year since it started in 1993-94. The Cardinal lead again this season with 1,395 points.
The Learfield Sports 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 up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.
UNM's 2009-10 Points Distribution
Men's Basketball: 50
Men's Cross Country: 66
Women's Cross Country: 51
Women's Golf: 57.75
Men's Soccer: 25
Indoor Women's Track & Field: 37
Indoor Men's Track & Field: 68.25
Current Standings: Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.
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