Dec. 8, 1999
Stanford University is in fourth place in the initial Sears Directors' Cup standings for the 1999-2000 academic year. The Sears Cup is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding all-around athletic program, based on national finishes in 20 sports for men and women. Stanford is the five-time defending champion.
The initial standings, released Dec. 2, include only points from men's and women's cross country and women's field hockey. The Cardinal recorded a third-place finish in women's cross country and a fourth-place finish in men's cross country, giving Stanford 155 points. Michigan leads with 202, followed by Arkansas (190) and Wisconsin (165). Michigan was the field hockey runner-up and scored in both cross countrys, Arkansas won men's cross country and was second in women's, and Wisconsin was second in men's cross country and fourth in women's.
The standings will be updated again at the conclusion of the fall season, following the final football bowl game on Jan. 4. Stanford will add points in men's water polo (2nd, 50 points), women's soccer (tie-ninth, 30), men's soccer (tie-17th, 10), women's volleyball (still playing in the Sweet 16, at least 30), and possibly football (currently ranked 21st in the ESPN/USA Today poll, the top 25 in the final poll score points).
Sears Directors' Cup Standings (as of Dec. 2) 1 Michigan 202 2 Arkansas 190 3 Wisconsin 165 4 Stanford 155 5 Colorado 127 6 Brigham Young 122 7 Georgetown 118 8 North Carolina State 112.5 9 North Carolina 108 10 Northern Arizona 103 11 Oregon 100.5 12 Maryland 100 13 Arizona State 94 14 Providence 88.5 15 Notre Dame 85 16 Arizona 81 17 Brown 79 18 Minnesota 76 19 Connecticut 75 Iowa 75