Arkansas wins program record with 7th place in Directors Cup standings
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the second year in a row, Arkansas earned a program record with a seventh-place finish in the 2021-22 Learfield Directors’ Cup final standings released Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA). The Razorbacks collected eight Southeastern Conference championships and recorded nine national top-10 finishes to beat the program’s previous best Directors’ Cup finish of eighth in the 2020-21 Track and Field season.
Arkansas finished in the top 10 in the Directors’ Cup rankings for only the second time in school history and ranked No. 1 in the standings among programs with 19 or fewer sports. Arkansas ranked second among SEC programs and was one of three SEC programs (Florida and Kentucky) to be ranked in the top 10 of the rankings. A total of nine SEC programs ranked in the top 25 of the final rankings. The Razorbacks finished with 1050.75 points in the Directors Cup.
In 2020-21, Razorback Athletics had one of the most successful years in school history, including a program-best eighth-place finish in the 2020-21 Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup. Arkansas’ previous best result was 14th. The Directors’ Cup program has tracked the success of the nation’s top intercollegiate athletic programs since 1993-94.
The Razorbacks have won an NCAA (women’s indoor track and field) title, eight NCAA top-10 finishes, and a remarkable 10 regular-season and Southeastern Conference tournament championships, including SEC triple crowns in cross country. -men’s and women’s country and track and field, a second consecutive regular season crown in soccer, the program’s first regular season title in softball, and a regular season and tournament championship in baseball. Arkansas’ championship total led the league and doubled the next closest SEC schedule.
The Directors’ Cup tracks the nation’s most successful intercollegiate athletic programs for their performances throughout the year. The final standings released Thursday included baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s beach volleyball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, fencing, women’s field hockey, soccer, men’s golf and Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics, Men’s and Women’s Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Women’s Rowing, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field and women’s, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
“After reaching the top 10 in the Directors’ Cup for the first time in program history last year, our program responded with an even better encore, delivering the best collective year ever for Razorback Athletics.” , said the vice-chancellor and director of Athletics Hunter. Yurachek said. “With nine NCAA top-10 finishes, eight SEC championships and countless additional accomplishments on and off the court in our 19 sports, the 2021-22 athletics season will be celebrated by Razorback fans for the years to come. I would like to thank and congratulate our student-athletes, coaches and staff for a truly phenomenal year! I am also grateful for the tremendous support of Razorback Foundation members, season ticket holders, and fans who make this remarkable achievement possible. It truly is the perfect time to be an Arkansas Razorback!
Arkansas culminated its 2021-22 season with its 11th College World Series appearance. The Razorbacks hit the road to win an NCAA Regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma and an NCAA Super Regional in Chapel Hill, NC to earn a national championship berth in Omaha, Nebraska. Arkansas finished third in the CWS, losing just one game short of the Championship Series. The Hogs qualified for the College World Series for the third time in the past four full seasons, earning 83 Directors’ Cup points for the finish.
Razorback softball was once again at the forefront nationally, winning a second consecutive SEC regular season championship and then winning the SEC Tournament for the first time in SEC history. school. Coach Courtney Deifel’s team hosted both an NCAA Regional and Super Regional at Bogle Park. The Hogs finished the season tied for ninth nationally. Arkansas had 64 points for its historic season.
Another women’s Razorbacks team added their own national top 10. Arkansas finished sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, giving coach Lance Harter and his team 73.5 points in the Directors’ Cup standings. The Razorbacks also earned the prestigious Division I Women’s Program of the Year award from Terry Crawford, recognizing the best program in the nation during the 2021-22 season based on championship results at the cross country championships. , indoor and outdoor from the NCAA.
After winning the SEC triple crown (cross country, indoor and outdoor track) in the 2021-22 season, coach Chris Bucknam and the Razorback men’s track team earned 50.5 points in the the Directors Cup. Arkansas finished 23rd at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Coach Brad McMakin and the Razorback men’s golf team placed in the top 10 nationally. Arkansas advanced through the NCAA region and finished ninth at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona. The finish earned 69 Directors’ Cup points and was the program’s best national final since Arkansas was a national runners-up in 2009.
The Arkansas women’s golf team also advanced through the regional round to play in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in Scottsdale. Coach Shauna Taylor’s team finished 22nd in the nation and contributed 51.5 points to the Razorbacks’ Directors Cup total.
Coach Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar has enjoyed her first season at the helm of Arkansas’ women’s tennis program, leading her team to a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Razorbacks earned 25 points for entering the NCAA Tournament Draw.
Arkansas continued its recent momentum in gymnastics. Arkansas advanced to the Regional Finals for a second straight season. The Razorbacks finished second in its NCAA Norman (Oklahoma) Regional session and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Coach Jordyn Wieber and the GymBacks concluded their tag team season, one step away from qualifying to compete for a national championship. Arkansas earned 60.75 points for the NCAA finish.
Coach Eric Musselman and the Razorback men’s basketball team made a deep run in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. The Razorbacks won three games in the draw, including a victory over No. 1 Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen to advance to the Elite Eight and the Western Regional Finals. It was the first time Arkansas had qualified for the Elite Eight in consecutive seasons since the 1993-94 and 1994-95 campaigns. For its efforts, Arkansas earned 73 Directors’ Cup points.
The Razorbacks continued their tradition of athletic excellence during the indoor season. Both the men’s and women’s teams won the SEC Indoor Track and Field team titles before placing in the top 10 at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Coach Lance Harter led the women’s team to a fourth-place finish at the national meet. The podium produced 80 points. Coach Chris Bucknam and the men’s team earned a seventh-place finish to earn 72 points toward the program’s Directors’ Cup point total.
The Arkansas women’s swimming and diving team placed in the top 30 at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Coach Neil Harper’s team finished 28th in the national competition, earning 46 points in the Directors Cup.
Arkansas made a return trip to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, having also qualified for the Big Dance in 2020-21. Without a pandemic-shortened 2019-20 campaign, the Razorbacks would have earned three straight NCAA appearances. Coach Mike Neighbors and the Razorbacks had 25 points for earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament field.
Arkansas started the fall season with a pair of SEC championships and top-10 NCAA cross country finishes. The men’s cross country team earned 80 points for a podium at the national meet, finishing in fourth place. Razorback’s women’s cross country team also shook the top 10 with an eighth-place finish, earning 70.5 points in the Directors’ Cup.
Arkansas won its third straight SEC regular-season crown before advancing to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament for the first time. The program’s playoff record earned the Hogs 73 points.
Coach Sam Pittman and the Razorback football team enjoyed one of the best gridiron seasons in recent history in 2021. Arkansas capped a remarkable 9-4 season with a 24-10 victory over Penn State in the Outback Bowl. The Razorbacks earned a final national ranking of No. 20 in the USA Today/AFCA Coaches poll, totaling 54 points in the Directors’ Cup standings.