Trinity Athletics Finishes 24th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup

Trinity Athletics Finishes 24th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup

San Antonio - Trinity has earned a final ranking of 24th in the prestigious Learfield Sports Division III Directors’ Cup Standings.

Over 400 NCAA Division III institutions are ranked in the standings administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Led by Trinity’s Director of Athletics Bob King, the Tigers amassed 518 points based on NCAA postseason competition. Trinity’s teams chalked up 141.50 points in the spring and 376.50 in the fall and winter seasons.

Trinity has now finished in the top 25 four of the last five seasons, as well as a total of 14 times over the past 22 years. Trinity wrapped up the 2015-16 school year ranked 30th.

Men’s tennis accumulated 64 points after advancing to the NCAA Third Round, and finishing with a 17-11 overall record under Head Coach Russell McMindes. The Tiger women's team scored 50 points after reaching the second round of the NCAA Playoffs under Head Coach Gretchen Rush. Wilson Lambeth and Matt Tyer reached the men's NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals, while Liza Southwick advanced to the second round of the women's NCAA Singles tournament.  All three will earn ITA All-America honors.

Represented by six student-athletes, the Tiger men’s and women’s track & field teams combined to score 27.5 points. Six student-athletes represented Trinity at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Cody Hall placed fourth in the men’s 110-meter hurdles and earned All-America honors. Ayriel Coleman turned in a seventh-place performance in the women’s triple jump, and also became an All-American. Track & Field Head Coach Marcus Whitehead also led teams to Indoor Nationals, and the men's team collected 40.5 points. Hall earned All-America honors by placing second in the 60-meter hurdles. 

In the winter sports, women’s basketball amassed 64 points in the Directors’ Cup Standings. Skippered by Head Coach Cameron Hill, the Tigers advanced to the NCAA round of 16 and finished the year with a 28-2 record. Coach Hill was elected the South Region Coach of the Year, while Monica Holguin made the organization’s All-America Second Team.

Tiger women’s swimming & diving earned 55 points, while the men’s team picked up 23 points. Lindsay Hagmann finished third in the NCAA women’s 100-yard freestyle for All-America honors and won the consolation title of the 50-yard freestyle for Honorable Mention All-America distinction. Jacob Hurrell-Zitelman became an Honorable Mention All-American with his 16th-place finish in the men’s 1,650-yard freestyle. Diver Sarah Kate Mrkonich finished eighth on the 1-meter board for All-America kudos. Mrkonich also had Honorable Mention All-America recognition with an 11th-place finish on the 3-meter board. John Ryan was head coach of Trinity’s swim teams, and Stan Randall guided the diving program.

In fall sports, women’s soccer, led by Head Coach Dylan Harrison, scored 73 points in the standings after advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals. The Tigers completed the campaign with a 23-1-0 record. Yasmeen Farra earned First Team All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Men’s soccer, with Head Coach Paul McGinlay at the helm, accounted for 64 points and advanced to the NCAA round of 16. The Tigers concluded the season with a 22-2-0 mark. Laurence Wyke and Austin Michaelis were tabbed for the NSCAA All-America First Team, while Kellen Reid and Christian Sakshaug made the Second Team All-Americans.

Women’s cross country, under the direction of Head Coach Emily Daum, scored 32 points after the season. Molly McCullough represented Trinity at the NCAA Championships and placed 65th of 280 competitors in the 6k race.

Trinity’s volleyball team, led by Head Coach Julie Jenkins, scored 25 points in the fall standings. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Regional, and finished the season with a 27-8 record. Kirby Smith was elected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America First Team.

Prior to NCAA competition, Trinity captured the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Presidents’ Trophy for the sixth consecutive year. The coveted 300-pound railroad bell signifies the best overall program in the conference. Trinity’s teams set a SCAC record by winning the “Bell” for the 17th time.

The Tigers won spring sports titles in men’s and women’s tennis, women’s golf, and women’s track & field. Winter sports championships went to men’s and women’s swimming & diving, and women’s basketball. Trinity opened the campaign last fall by garnering conference crowns in men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball.