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Ducks notch best ever Directors’ Cup Finish

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It’s the end of another year of college sports, which means the final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings have been released, and the Ducks notched their highest ever finish.

If you're not familiar with the Directors’ Cup, it’s essentially ranking who has the best overall sports program for the year in the nation, awarding points based on how various teams do.

Oregon finished ninth overall in the nation, their best ever finish. Two years ago, Oregon cracked the top 10 for the first time ever. The year before that, the Ducks finished 13th, which was their best finish at the time.

The Ducks scored 1,027 points, 300 of which came from the women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field teams during their historic year when they became the first school to complete the triple crown, winning national championships in all three sports.

Those three national championships marked the fifth straight year that Oregon has won multiple national championships, the longest such streak in the nation.

Stanford finished at the top of the rankings. Aside from the Directors’ Cup inaugural year back in 1993-94, Stanford has won the Cup every single year.