Pac-12 finishes on top of Learfield Directors' Cup - Tucson News Now

Pac-12 finishes on top of Learfield Directors' Cup

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The 2015 -2016 Learfield Directors’ Cup wrapped up with the Pac-12 leading all conferences.

Each year the Learfield Directors’ Cup awards points to all college sports programs in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. Stanford (1st), USC (4th), UCLA (6th) and Oregon (10th) all finished in the Top 10 with ten conference schools finishing in the Top 25. 

It's the 22nd consecutive year the Cardinal have won the Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup, Stanford also accounted for two national championships this year in women’s tennis and men’s soccer.

Oregon was the top school with three NCAA titles. The Pac-12 as a conference won a national-high 10 NCAA championships, five more than any other conference. It's the 15th time in the last 16 years the Pac-12 has led the nation in NCAA titles won.

The Arizona Wildcats did not finish among the other Pac-12 teams in the top ten, however with all the points combined the Cats took 25th. They managed to squeeze into the Top 25 after the baseball team made it to the College World Series and advanced to the National Championship Finals before falling short in three games against Coastal Carolina.

Baseball wasn’t the only contributing factor for Arizona, the Wildcats got strong finishes from Women's Golf who made it to the NCAA Championships and the softball team competed in the Super Regionals, getting within a win from playing in the Women’s College World Series.

The Wildcats' rivals Arizona State, who beat UA in the Territorial Cup Series, did not manage to finish as strong. The Sun Devils total points put them in the 37th place.

2015-16 Pac-12 National Championships

Stanford: Men's Soccer
UCLA: Men's Water Polo
USC: Women's Water Polo
Oregon: Women's Indoor Track and Field
Oregon: Men's Indoor Track and Field
Oregon: Men's Golf
Washington: Women's Golf
California: Women's Rowing
USC: Beach Volleyball
Stanford: Women's Tennis

Copyright 2016 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

By Brandon Mejia
Tucson News Now Sports Intern

David Kelly contributed to this story.

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