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NC State at No. 10 in latest Directors’ Cup standings

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The athletics department had a strong fall semester.

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NC State finished at No. 15 in the 2017-18 Directors’ Cup, easily the best finish in school history. The overall improvement of the athletics department under Debbie Yow has been obvious during her tenure, and that success continues on into 2019.

State is No. 10 in the final fall standings for the 2018-19 year after another strong semester. The Wolfpack earned points from men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and football. NC State does not compete in two of the sports that count toward the fall standings: women’s field hockey and men’s water polo.

This semester, NC State will get points from wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s hoops, and baseball. Those probably won’t be the only spring sports to end up in the postseason but are the biggest certainties at this point.

So the Wolfpack has a good shot to finish in the top 25 of the final standings once again. Ten years ago, this would have seemed a little far-fetched, but this is how far we’ve come.