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Jaren Wilkey, BYU
BYU's Madelyn Robinson celebrates a kill against Texas in the regional final of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships.

PROVO — Overall, BYU athletics enjoyed a remarkable performance in the fall of 2018.

That was manifest in the recently released Learfield Directors' Cup Div. I final fall standings, as the Cougars placed No. 5, tying the highest fall ranking in school history.

BYU was also ranked No. 5 in 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2016.

The Cougars earned significant points in men's cross-country (90), women's volleyball (83), women's cross-country (72), football (45) and women's soccer (25).

BYU has an average fall ranking of No. 16 dating back to the start of the Directors' Cup in 1993-94.

The Directors’ Cup annually ranks the nation's college athletic programs by awarding points based on each institution’s finish in NCAA championships.

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Defending Directors’ Cup champion Stanford ended the fall season No. 1 with 541.00 points. Michigan was No. 2 (380.50), followed by No. 3 Penn State (337.00) and No. 4 Wisconsin (320.00), followed by BYU with 315.00 points.

The final Directors’ Cup rankings are usually released in July after the conclusion of the NCAA season. In 25 years of the Directors’ Cup, BYU has an average final ranking of No. 31 and has recorded 12 top-30 finishes. The Cougars’ best finish was No. 12 in 1998-99.

The Learfield Directors’ Cup was created by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.