Your University of Kentucky Wildcats just completed its 2017-18 athletics season with a 17th place finish in the Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings. It’s the third-highest finish in school history and its the seventh consecutive top-30 ranking for UK.
Last year, the Wildcats earned a school-record 10th place ranking nationally, and the last six years are the six best finishes in the 25-year history of the Directors’ Cup. So you know, the Cup measures competitive success for all Division-I schools with points based on NCAA championship participation.
Here’s the breakdown by sport:
Department – 17th, 862 points
Rifle – First, 100 points
Women’s indoor track and field – Third, 85 points
Women’s outdoor track and field – Fourth, 80 points
Volleyball – Fifth, 73 points
Gymnastics – Seventh, 68.25 points
Men’s basketball – Ninth, 64 points
Softball – Ninth, 64 points
Women’s swimming and diving – 14th, 61.5 points
Men’s outdoor track and field – 16th, 57.75 points
Men’s indoor track and field – 17th, 56 points
Men’s tennis – 17th, 50 points
Men’s golf – 21st, 52.5 points
Women’s tennis – 33rd, 25 points
Football – 51st, 25 points
Mitch Barnhart has a goal to finish in the top five by the year 2022. His Elite 1-3-5 initiative also calls for each team to win a conference or national championship by the year 2022 and to continue the streak of 12 consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. With rifle’s national championship and volleyball’s SEC title this season, four UK teams have won championships since Barnhart created Elite 1-3-5 in 2015.