Hunter Athletics Ranked in National Poll

Hunter College has earned a place among the top Division III athletic programs in the nation. According to the latest Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings, Hunter College’s athletic program is ranked 86th nationwide.

As of the March 13 standings, Hunter has accumulated a total of 94.75 points which is tallied from the success of its fall and winter championship and high-ranking teams. The Cup, sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), has been rating Division I, II and III athletic programs since its founding in 1993.

The 2006 fall season was a successful one for the Hunter Hawks with two teams winning their respective conference championships and advancing to the NCAA Championships. The Women’s Tennis team, led by head coach Mel Kerper, dominated their opposition finishing with a 19-0 undefeated season en route to their seventh straight league title. Women’s Volleyball was just as impressive, winning their first CUNYAC Championship since 2002. First-year coach Val Lang led Hunter to a NCAA Regionals appearance and a 29-8 overall mark.

The winter teams picked up where the fall teams left off. Wrestling experienced one of their best seasons in program history with a 8th place team finish nationally. Two Hawks earned All-American honors, including senior Terry Madden with a national championship in the 184 lb weight category.

Hunter also boasts as the highest ranked City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) member school in the top 100, with Baruch making the list at 190.