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UK finishes 17th in 2018 Directors’ Cup

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.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

3 Comments for UK finishes 17th in 2018 Directors’ Cup

  1. Realme
    12:01 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Looks like it’s time for football and women’s tennis to step up and get into the top 25 with everyone else! 🙂

  2. My Dixie Wrecked
    1:02 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Barnhart wants to win a Conference or National Championship in each sport by 2022? Is he including football?

  3. ClutchCargo
    2:14 pm July 2, 2018 Permalink

    Where’s baseball?