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Lenoir-Rhyne Finishes 12th in NCAA DII Learfield Directors Cup

The Lenoir-Rhyne Bears keep making history, as they came in 12th in this year’s NCAA DII Learfield Directors Cup. This equals their highest finish in school history, matching last year’s 12th place mark. Despite finishing in the same place, Lenoir-Rhyne’s 650.5 total points shatters the school record of 587 set last year.

The Bears started off strong in the fall championship season, accumulating 233 total points. A national semifinal appearance from Football garnered 83 points for the Bears, while Women’s Soccer’s quarterfinal appearance gave them 73 points. Women’s Cross Country (27 points), Men’s Soccer (25 points), and Volleyball (25 points) rounded out the fall scoring.

The winter season saw three teams get on the board, with Track and Field leading the way. Using two national championships from Alexis Brown and a third place finish from the men’s 4x400m relay team, the Indoor Track & Field programs scored a combined 109.5 points. The final 25 points came from Women’s Basketball, who qualified for their second straight NCAA tournament.

The spring championship season ended up being LR’s most successful, as a total of 283 points were scored. Men’s Lacrosse’s national runner-up finish netted them 90 points, while Softball’s historic to the national semifinals at the Division II Championship Festival gave them 83. Men’s and Women’s Track & Field used multiple national championships and top-10 finishes to combine for 94.5 points, while Men’s Golf competed in their first ever regional and came away with 15.5 points.

In total, a record 13 teams qualified for NCAA tournament’s this year, beating out last year’s 11. The Bears finished 12th out of 293 qualifying DII institutions, and were the second highest finishing SAC school.

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