By Datti Jinkiri
Mississippi College is being recognized for its strong start to the 2021-22 athletic season. Out of the over 300 NCAA Division II universities, the Choctaws are currently ranked 36th in the fall NCAA Division II LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings. This puts Mississippi College as the third-highest placed school from the Gulf South Conference (GSC), ranking just behind Lee University and the University of West Florida.
The LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup was created by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the USA Today. Points are given out based on each university’s finish in various NCAA Championship events.
The Choctaws tallied 126.00 points this fall. The women’s cross country team finished in 24th place at the NCAA Division II Championship, garnering 50 points in the process. The men’s cross country team finished 23rd in the men’s championship and pulled in 51 points. The women’s soccer team, which advanced to its fourth NCAA Division II Tournament, tallied 25 points for a 33rd-place finish.
The cup standings will be released again at the end of March, when the NCAA winter championships have reached their conclusions.