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UNLV Rebels guard LaTecia Smith (0) attempts to block Wyoming forward Taylor Rusk (4) as she moves the ball up the court at the Arena-Auditorium on Jan. 5. The athletic department's overall ranking dropped this year, per the annual Directors' Cup.

LARAMIE — Wyoming came in at No. 151 in the Directors’ Cup standings for the 2018-19 athletic year, falling more than 30 spots from its standing last season.

The Directors’ Cup is a ranking system used to measure schools’ athletic success, particularly at the Division I level. It was started in 1993 specifically for Division I schools but expanded a couple of years later to include Division II and III as well as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics members.

Wyoming finished with 104 points for the athletic year — 54 fewer points than the Cowboys tallied for 2017-18 when they were No. 116 in the standings. Wyoming, whose score was second-lowest in the Mountain West only to San Jose State, didn’t record any points in the spring sports.

Points in 19 men’s and women’s sports are totaled to make up a school’s final score, though Wyoming only has 15 athletic programs. Four of those must be baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, but Wyoming doesn’t have a baseball program.

Stanford won its 25th consecutive Director’s Cup with 1,567.75 total points while Michigan, Florida, Texas and USC rounded out the top 5, respectively. Boise State had the highest ranking of the MW schools at No. 59.

Wyoming didn’t have the same success in its major sports that it achieved last season. Football recovered from a 2-6 start to become bowl eligible with four straight wins but wasn’t selected for a bowl game. Men’s basketball had its worst season in nearly half a century, winning just eight games for its lowest win total since the 1973-74 team won just four.

Women’s basketball earned a berth to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament for the third straight year and made its deepest postseason run since winning the tournament in 2007. Soccer won a share of the MW regular-season championship, wrestling notched the most dual wins in head coach Mark Branch’s 11-year tenure, and track and field qualified 11 athletes for the NCAA West Preliminary.

One of those qualifiers, Casper native Jerayah Davis, finished her senior season by advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career. The Kelly Walsh graduate earned three honorable mention All-America honors.

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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