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Texas A&M Finishes With Record 5th Place Finish in Directors' Cup

June 27, 2013
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In its first season of competition in the Southeastern Conference, the Texas A&M athletics program established a school-best finish of fifth place with 1131.50 points in the final 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.

The SEC is the only conference with three institutions in the Top 10, with Florida at No. 2, the Aggies at No. 5 and Georgia at No. 10. Six SEC schools finished ranked in the Top 25.

“This has absolutely been a fantastic year. Our fifth place finish in the Learfield Director’s Cup is a remarkable accomplishment and a reflection of the hard work by our student-athletes and coaches,” said Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman. “The men’s outdoor track and field national championship and national runner-up finishes for both women’s tennis and women’s outdoor track and field capped a historic year for Texas A&M. We are proud to be recognized among the best athletics programs in the country.”

This marks the 20th year for the Directors’ Cup, with Texas A&M finishing in the Top 10 for the fourth straight year and the Top 25 for eight consecutive seasons.

“It goes without saying that winning an national championship is a tremendous accomplishment for a team,” said Pat Henry, Texas A&M’s head track and field and cross country coach, who claimed his seventh national championship in the past five years and his 34th overall national championship  “Overall, our teams have been very successful both indoors and outdoors. Our NCAA national championship for the men and an NCAA runner-up finish for the women are hard-earned points. My staff and I are very proud of our team’s efforts and Texas A&M’s overall accomplishments this year.”

The men’s outdoor track and field national championship was the fourth national crown in the past five years for the Aggie men. The women’s team finished second in the outdoor championships. At the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the men finished in fourth place while the women placed 12th. The men’s and women’s cross country teams each added 29 points.

Texas A&M women’s tennis head coach Howard Joffe led his program to the national championship match to place second and score 90 points.

“Finishing fifth in the Directors’ Cup is emblematic of the wonderful work that goes on in Aggie athletics,” Joffe stated. “It speaks to an efficient and effective administration, excellent support for the students, top coaches and very fine student-athletes. I’m very fortunate to be part of such a powerful and proud athletics department.”

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup takes into consideration the top 10 female sports and the top 10 male sports at each institution. In Texas A&M’s case, the school sponsors 20 intercollegiate sports, 11 female and nine male.

This year Texas A&M had 10 teams finish with Top 10 marks and 15 finished in the country’s Top 25 as compiled by NACDA.

Texas A&M’s fall sports scored 247 points, led by the Aggie football team finishing the year ranked fifth in the country and women’s soccer placing ninth.

The winter sports combined for 324.5 points, led by men’s indoor track and field and women’s swimming and diving each finishing fourth.

The spring sports posted 560 overall points with six squads posting Top 10 finishes: men’s outdoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field, women’s tennis, men’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s softball.

TOP 25 STANDINGS & SEC STANDINGS:

Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings—
(As of June 27, 2013)

TOP 25                                SEC Order
1.  Stanford        1261.25           2.  Florida          1244.75
2.  Florida         1244.75           5.  TEXAS A&M        1131.50
3.  UCLA            1227.25           10. Georgia          1006.75
4.  Michigan        1138.25           19. LSU              847.00
5.  TEXAS A&M       1131.50           21. Arkansas         830.00
6.  Penn State      1100.50           25. Kentucky         748.00
7.  Oklahoma        1078.25           26. Alabama          740.50
8.  North Carolina  1075.33           33. Auburn           636.83
9.  Notre Dame      1015.50           37. Tennessee        619.00
10. Georgia         1006.75           46. Vanderbilt       490.00
11. Florida St.     987.75            47. South Carolina   487.00 
12. Duke            969.60            49. Mississippi St.  454.75 
13. Texas           966.75            53. Missouri         432.00 
14. USC             945.00            61. Mississippi      386.50 
15. Oregon          929.75                         
16. Ohio St.        868.50                         
17. California      858.83                         
18. Arizona St.     852.08                         
19. LSU             847.00                         
20. Virginia        845.50                         
21. Arkansas        830.00                         
22. Minnesota       819.50                         
23. Arizona         786.58                         
24. Nebraska        772.33
25. Kentucky        748.00                         
                                                                                    
                                                                                    
2012-13 TEXAS A&M SPORT BREAKDOWN

Sport                           Place    Points
 
Fall
Football                        5th      75
Women's Soccer                  9th      64
Women's Volleyball              17th     50
Men's Cross Country             32nd     29
Women's Cross Country           32nd     29
 
Winter
Men's Indoor Track & Field      4th      80
Women's Swimming & Diving       4th      80
Women's Indoor Track & Field    12th     64.5
Women's Basketball              17th     50
Men's Swimming & Diving         24th     50
 
Spring
Men's Outdoor Track & Field     1st      95
Women's Outdoor Track & Field   2nd      90
Women's Tennis                  2nd      90
Men's Golf                      9th      69
Men's Tennis                    9th      64
Softball                        9th      64
Baseball                        17th     50
Women's Golf                    34th     38
                     
 
TEXAS A&M IN THE FINAL DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS:
2012-13    5th     1131.50
2011-12    9th     990.25
2010-11    8th     1090.50
2009-10    6th     1070.75
2008-09    13th    976.00
2007-08    12th    1031.00
2006-07    18th    881.00
2005-06    23rd    649.50
2004-05    26th    566.25
2003-04    16th    714.00
2002-03    28th    551.25
2001-02    37th    519.50
2000-01    26th    517.00
1999-00    27th    522.00
1998-99    T39th   230.00
1997-98    T38th   230.00
1996-97    30th    427.00
1995-96    20th    524.50
1994-95    37th    329.50
1993-94    24th    454.50

2012-13 TEXAS A&M CHAMPIONSHIPS

NCAA Championship
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

NCAA Runner-Up                                      
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
Women’s Tennis

SEC Championships
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
Women’s Tennis

SEC Tournament Championship
Women’s Basketball

SEC Western Division Titles
Men’s Tennis
Women’s Soccer
Women’s Tennis
Women’s Volleyball

INDIVIDUAL SEC or NCAA CHAMPIONS:

Cammile Adams
Women’s Swimming SEC Champion—200-yard butterfly
NCAA Champion 200-yard butterfly

Wayne Davis II
Men’s Outdoor SEC Champion-- 110 hurdles
NCAA Outdoor Champion—110 hurdles

Donique’ Flemings
Women’s Outdoor SEC Champion—100 hurdles

Sarah Henry
Women’s Swimming SEC Champion—500-yard freestyle
Women’s Swimming SEC Champion—1650-yard freestyle

Sam Humphreys
Men’s Outdoor SEC Champion—javelin
NCAA Outdoor Champion-- javelin

Breeja Larson, SEC Female Swimmer of the Year
SEC Champion—100-yard breast
SEC Champion—200 yard breast
NCAA Champion—100-yard breast

Henry Lelei, Men’s Cross Country SEC Champion
(Finished 5th at NCAA’s—highest finish ever by an Aggie cross country runner.)
Men’s SEC Indoor High Point Athlete—22 pts
Men’s SEC Indoor Champion—3,000 meters
Men’s SEC Indoor Champion—5,000 meters
Men’s SEC Outdoor Champion-- Steeplechase

Deon Lendore
Men’s Indoor SEC Champion—400 meters
Men’s Outdoor SEC Champion—400 meters

Paige Miller
Women’s Swimming SEC Champion—100-yard back
LaQue Moen-Davis, Women’s Indoor SEC Champion—Triple Jump
Women’s Outdoor SEC Champion—Long Jump

Shelbi Vaughan
Women’s Outdoor SEC Champion—Discus

Ameer Webb
NCAA Indoor 200-meter champion
NCAA Outdoor 200-meter champion

Men’s 4X400 Relay
SEC Indoors—Ricky Babineaux, Aldrich Bailey, Jr., Carlyle Roudette, Deon Lendore

Men’s 4X400 Relay
SEC Outdoors— Ricky Babineaux, Aldrich Bailey, Jr., Carlyle Roudette, Deon Lendore

Women’s 4X100 Relay
SEC Outdoors—LaKeidra Stewart, Ashton Purvis, Kamaria Brown, Jennifer Madu

Women’s 4X100 Relay
NCAA Outdoor Champions—LaKeidra Stewart, Ashton Purvis, Kamaria Brown, Ashley Collier

Women’s 400-yard Medley Relay
SEC Champions—Paige Miller, Breeja Larson, Caroline McElhany, Lili Ibanez

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