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WVU Athletics Ranks No. 18 in Latest Directors' Cup Standings

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West Virginia athletics continues to toward its best finish in the national standings for the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.

In the second winter standings, the Mountaineers dropped three spots to 18th with a total of 414 points. WVU added 75 points in the latest poll after its women's basketball team finished 17th overall, good for 50 points and got another 25 from the men's basketball team for its 33rd place finish.

The standings include 222 Division-I programs from all conferences and take into account men's and women's basketball, fencing, women's ice hockey, rifle, ski, men's and women's swimming and diving, track and field and wrestling.

The Mountaineers finished 13th in the fall standings with 197 total points. Those standings took into account cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, volleyball and water polo. Of those sports, WVU scored points for women's cross country, football, women's soccer and men's soccer.

 Stanford currently leads the race with a commanding 876.75 points with Ohio State (707) and Penn State (655.50) rounding out the top three.

The Mountaineers are one of just three Big East schools in the top 25 along with Notre Dame (11) and Louisville (14). Three other conference opponents, Connecticut (34), Georgetown (43) and Syracuse (50) rank in the top 50.

West Virginia has placed in the top 50 each of the past four years with its best showing being No. 30 back in 2009.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is conducted by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today and awards points based on each school's finish in up to 20 sports, 10 men's and 10 women's.

The final winter standings are scheduled to be released on April 19, while the spring standings are unveiled in June.

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