Indiana State posted a No. 129 finish in the 2018-19 IMG Learfield Director's Cup standings — its highest since the 2014-15 academic year and a number which ranks second-best among the Sycamores' Missouri Valley Conference peers.
Fueled by a No. 17 finish in the NCAA Division I baseball championship and a No. 32 final standing at the women's outdoor track and field championships — the Sycamores shined on a national stage this spring to bring home an impressive national ranking. There were 295 NCAA Division I schools that scored points in the IMG Learfield Directors Cup standings this year.
The Sycamores equaled their No. 129 national ranking that followed the 2013-14 campaign and were right there with their No. 128 mark secured back in 2014-15. The Sycamores' second-place finish among MVC peers trumps their standing in 2013-14 when they were third-best as well as in 2014-15 when their No. 128 mark was the fifth-best in the league.
This year, the Sycamores were edged among MVC schools by Northern Iowa, which earned a No. 119 national ranking, and topped Illinois State (No. 133), Missouri State (No. 161), Drake (No. 174), Bradley (No. 190), Southern Illinois (No. 215) and Loyola (No. 266).
• Patriots, Knights win — In tournaments Saturday in conjunction with the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association events, Terre Haute North won the 7-on-7 tournament and Northview took the Strongman competition.
In the 7-on-7 tournament, which included 20 varsity teams and five junior varsity teams, the teams that finished unbeaten in their respective pools were North, Terre Haute South, Cascade and Linton.
In the semifinals, North beat South 29-26 and Linton beat Cascade 36-20. North won the title 37-28 over the Miners.
Northview linemen Bowen Bussing, Zack Calandrilla, Landon Fulk, Colton McKee and Noah Minor combined to win the Strongman competition, with Linton second, South Vermillion third and North fourth.