Tiffin University currently stands 17th in the nation in the Learfield Cup standings, marking their highest position ever in the field.
TU currently has 265.5 points, just ahead of Findlay's 262.5. The only other GLIAC school ahead of Tiffin is national leader Grand Valley State, who has a commanding 651.5 total. Other Top 50 schools from the GLIAC include Ashland and Hillsdale (37th) and Ferris State (45th).
The Learfield Cup is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. Began in 1993-94 for Division I by NACDA and USA Today, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA. Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points in their division's Directors' Cup standings.
Tiffin benefited from a strong winter season that saw men's and women's track and field, wrestling, and women's swimming and diving all accumulate points. The men's track and field squad won the NCAA Division II Championship, while the wrestling team finished 9th.
Tiffin University finished 34th of 320 schools in last year's Learfield Cup race. The finish continued Tiffin's upward trajectory in the national standings, a trend that places them amongst the fastest improving Division II athletic programs in the nation.
When Tiffin debuted in the Learfield Cup standings in 2008, they finished 205th. In the eight subsequent years, Tiffin has climbed in the standings each season. They finished 159th in 2009, 156th in 2010, 152nd in 2011, 130th in 2012, and 116th in 2013.
In 2014, the Dragons jumped to 62nd and followed that in 2015 with a final standing of 44th. With their 34th place finish in 2016, TU has jumped 171 spots in the standings over their 9 years as a Division II program.
For the complete standings, click here.