Oklahoma State among top 25 athletic departments nationally

STILL WATER –Oklahoma State finished 23rd nationally and third in the Big 12 in the final 2021-22 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, which measures collegiate athletic departments on their performance in competition.

OSU was bolstered by the Top 10 National Rankings in Women’s Softball, Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Golf, Soccer, and Women’s Tennis, as well as the Top 25 National Rankings in Women’s Cross Country, Wrestling, women’s indoor and outdoor athletics, baseball, men’s outdoor athletics and women’s field and golf.

Learfield Directors’ Cup points are awarded based on each institution’s result at the NCAA championships. As a result, OSU earned no Learfield Directors’ Cup points in horseback riding despite the Cowgirls winning the National Tag Team Championship, as horseback riding is not an NCAA-sponsored sport and therefore is not not eligible to be included in the points total.

A total of 19 sports are counted in the final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, four of which must be women’s volleyball and basketball and men’s basketball and baseball. The next highest (15 max) scored sports for each institution, regardless of gender, are used in the rankings.

Because Oklahoma State does not sponsor women’s volleyball or get credit for performance in equestrian sports, it has only 17 sports eligible for Learfield Directors’ Cup scoring, while the most others count the points of 19 sports. Operating with a two-sport handicap, Oklahoma State has consistently finished in the top 25 nationally for the past two years and has finished in the top three of the Big 12 each of the past four years.

The announcement of the final Learfield Directors’ Cup standings caps a 2021-22 sports year that saw the equestrian team win the first women’s national varsity sports team championship in Oklahoma State history. Other highlights of the past academic year:

  • The Cowboy football team played its first Big 12 championship game after finishing the regular season atop the conference standings. OSU picked up victories over traditional powerhouses Oklahoma and Texas, then turned around to topple No. 5 Notre Dame in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
  • The softball team won its first Big 12 championship by defeating No. 1 Oklahoma in the conference title game, then won its regional and swept Clemson in the super regional to advance to its third series Consecutive World Championship for Women’s Colleges.
  • Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams have won the Big 12 team championships, with the men placing third in the NCAA championships and the women placing 13th.
  • The women’s tennis team qualified for the Sweet 16 at the NCAA championships for the fifth time in the past seven years.
  • Taylor Roe captured the 189th NCAA individual title in OSU history by winning the indoor 3,000 meters.
  • With Big 12 tag team championships in men’s and women’s cross country, equestrian and softball, Oklahoma State now has 326 all-time tag team conference championships and 87 in the Big 12 era. 12.
  • Of Oklahoma State’s 18 college sports, 13 produced the top 20 national results and six produced the top 10 national results, using the Learfield Directors’ Cup scoring system.
  • For the eighth time in the past nine years, Oklahoma State has won the Bedlam All-Sport Series.
  • Oklahoma State has produced 41 All-Americans in 14 sports in 2021-22. The total number of OSU All-Americans now stands at 1,306.
  • Five OSU student-athletes have won Big 12 Player of the Year awards in their respective sports, with four of the five coming from women’s sports.
  • Oklahoma State has produced five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans – Hannah Webb (football), Kelly Maxwell and Chelsea Alexander (softball), Jake Thompson (baseball), and Ryan Smeeton (men’s cross country/track and field).

OSU 2021-22 NCAA Placements
(based on Learfield’s Directors’ Cup scoring system)
Horse riding^ 1st
Soft ball 3rd
cross country men 3rd
male golf 5th
Soccer 7th
women’s tennis 9th
Women’s Cross Country 13th
Struggle 14th
Women’s outdoor athletics 15th
Baseball 17th
Women’s indoor athletics 18th
Men’s outdoor athletics 18th
female golf 19th
Men’s indoor athletics 41st

^ As an NCEA (not NCAA) sport, equestrianism is not counted toward actual OSU Learfield Directors’ Cup point totals.

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