Jan. 25, 2001
Bowling Green, Ky. - With nine sports completed for the 2000-01 school year, Western Kentucky University finds itself ranked 81st in the standings for the annual Sears Directors' Cup competition.
The Sears Cup is symbolic of overall excellence in a school's athletic program.
On the strength of Hilltopper football's fifth place finish in the I-AA football polls, WKU racked up 40 points, good enough to place Topper athletics 81st among the nation's 325 Division I schools in Sears' final fall standings.
That puts Western in the top 25% of all Division I schools with the following sports completed for the `00-01 campaign: men's cross-country, women's cross-country, field hockey, I-A football, I-AA football, men's soccer, women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo.
"The Sears Cup is a nationally recognized barometer of overall athletic excellence," Dr. Wood Selig, WKU Director of Athletics, said. "We are very pleased with our lofty position at this point in the school year. One of our goals will be to see our programs improve to the point that Western will become a regular among the nation's best all-around athletic departments."
The Hilltoppers' 81 ranking is the highest among all Kentucky, Sun Belt Conference, Gateway Football Conference and Ohio Valley Conference schools. North Carolina is atop the current standings with 310 points, powered by a first place in women's soccer, a second in field hockey and a number 5 in men's soccer. Rounding out the Top 10 are: Stanford, Wisconsin, UCLA, Nebraska, Colorado, Brigham Young, Notre Dame, Connecticut and Michigan.