Dragons 36th in Learfield Cup standings

Tiffin University has finished 36th in the final Learfield Cup standings.
Tiffin University has finished 36th in the final Learfield Cup standings.

Tiffin University has finished 36th in the final Learfield Cup standings.

The Dragons totaled 407 points, their most ever in 10 years of Learfield competition and easily outdistancing their total of 372.25 from 2016, when they finished 34th overall. Grand Valley State won overall award with 1020 points, while the GLIAC posted 7 schools in the Top 60.

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 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 jumped 171 spots in the standings over a 9-year span as a Division II program.