Notre Dame In 13th Place In Sears Cup Competition
Cross country teams’ performances earn Irish 101 points.

Dec. 5, 2001

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame stands 13th in the first set of fall sports standings released in the 2001-02 Sears Directors’ Cup all-sports competition.

Fall NCAA competition so far has earned the Irish 101 points based on their sixth-place finish in men’s cross country (68) and their 19th-place finish in women’s cross country (33 points).

Yet to come are fall points for Notre Dame’s 2001 NCAA involvement in volleyball (the Irish lost in the first round), women’s soccer (the Irish advanced to the second round) and men’s soccer (the Irish fell in the first round).

The next set of fall standings will be released Dec. 13, a third fall set Dec. 27 and the final fall standings will be available Jan. 8.

Colorado (162 points) leads the competition thanks to its NCAA championship in men’s cross country and its eighth-place finish in women’s cross country. Second is Stanford, followed by Michigan (’01 NCAA field hockey champion), BYU (the ’01 NCAA women’s cross country champion) and North Carolina State.

The current standings include results from NCAA fall competition in field hockey, and men’s and women’s cross country.

In previous years in which the Sears Directors’ Cup competition has been held, Notre Dame has finished 11th in 1993-94, 30th in 1994-95, 11th in 1995-96, 14th in 1996-97, tied for 31st in 1997-98, 25th in 1998-99, 21st in 1999-2000 – and 11th again in 2000-01.

Here are the current standings:

1. Colorado 162, 2. Stanford 161, 3. Michigan 153, 4. BYU 150, 5. North Carolina State 149, 6. Michigan State 127, 7. Northern Arizona 125, 8. Georgetown 121, 9. Arkansas 115, 10. Providence 112, 11. Wake Forest 108, 12. Arizona 106, 13. Notre Dame 101, 14. Virginia 99, 15. Maryland 90.