AU Vikings Ranked National Leader in Academic and Athletic Excellence

AU Vikings Ranked National Leader by Learfield

Augustana has claimed a Top-20 finish in the Learfield Directors’ Cup for the seventh time in the last eight years.

CLEVELAND — In the final 2018 Division-II Learfield Directors' Cup standings, Augustana finished 16th among all D-II institutions. The Vikings compiled 536 points and recorded its seventh top-20 finish in the last eight years.

Augustana finished 24th in last years standings and recorded five straight top-10 finishes from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

"I am thrilled for our coaches and student-athletes," Director of Athletics Josh Morton said. "Year in and year out, our student-athletes and coaches prove that they are committed to excellence in competition, in the classroom and in the community. The Learfield Directors' Cup is a great representation of that."

In the Learfield Directors' Cup, all scores are counted for men's and women's basketball, baseball and women's volleyball. Additionally, up to 11 of the highest scores are included in the final score.

The 2017-18 athletics season was highlighted by Augustana baseball's run to their first Division-II College World Series National Championship, winning the NSIC Tournament and Central Region Championship paving its way to a record-setting 52-9 season.

In addition, the women's basketball team completed a 29-4 season, taking the NSIC regular season and tournament championships and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Women's Golf tallied seven top-five finishes, including winning the NSIC Conference Championship and the NCAA Super Regional. The Vikings placed 10th at the NCAA Championships.

Winners of nine straight NSIC regular season titles and eight straight conference tournament championships, the Augustana women's tennis team completed another spectacular season, winning 21 matches and finishing 11-0 in the NSIC. Led by head coach Marc Kurtz, Augustana didn't drop a single set in conference play for the first time in program history.

The women's soccer program compiled a 14-4-5 record, which included qualifying for the NCAA Tournament and defeating Bemidji State in the first round.

Augustana softball recorded a 42-15 season, reaching the NSIC Tournament championship game and earning a bid in the NCAA Tournament. Augustana indoor track and field competed in three events at the NCAA Indoor Championships and earned six All-American accolades. In the Outdoor Championships, Valerie (Moos) Gildemaster earned second team All-American honors.

At the NCAA Championships, the women's cross country team came in 14th place while the men finished in 8th. It was the men's 10th top-10 finish in program history and the eighth under head coach Tracy Hellman. On the women's side, it was their 14th top-15 finish in school history and their 11th under Helman.

The Vikings 536 points is the second-highest among NSIC schools in the 2017-18 standings, with Minnesota State taking first, accumulating 588 points.

The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institutions finish in NCAA Championships. The program honors institutions maintaining broad-based athletic programs and celebrates those programs achieving success.

About Learfield

An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for nearly 130 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic department's at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors' Cup for 10 years. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.

Austin Bramley
Athletic Communications