July 1, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State posted a second-place finish in the final set of spring Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, the organization announced Friday. With 1306.00 points, the Buckeyes finished behind only Stanford and ahead of Michigan, USC and Florida to tie for the highest finish in program history.
For the year, the Buckeyes were paced by a national championship in men’s volleyball, second-place finishes by rowing and fencing, third-place marks by wrestling and men’s gymnastics and fifth-place finishes by men’s and women’s tennis.
In the final set of spring standings, both the baseball and softball teams earned 25 points, while the men’s track and field team posted 22.5 points.
The baseball Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA Louisville Regional after posting a 44-20-1 record, tying for the fifth-most wins in program history. Ohio State, which won its ninth Big Ten title, was paced by first team All-Big Ten selections Ronnie Dawson, Nick Sergakis and Tanner Tully. The trio also became All-Mideast Region picks while Dawson was named an All-American by four publications.
The softball team advanced to an NCAA Regional, winning 34 games on the way it its fifth-consecutive season of 30-plus wins. Cammi Prantl, Emily Clark, Alex Bayne and Shelby Hursh each earned NFCA All-Midwest Region honors while Prantl became the 11th All-American in program history.
The men’s track and field team again advanced to the NCAA Championships as Nick Gray earned first team All-America honors in the 200-meter dash and joined teammates Antonio Blanks, Jerry Jackson and Champ Page to earn first team accolades in the 4×400-meter relay. In addition, Zack Bazile garnered first team All-America laurels in the long jump.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women’s and 10 men’s.