Adams State Closes the Winter Season In the Lead for the Division II Sears Directors' Cup
As of April 29, 1999
Cleveland, Ohio -- Despite a late run from North Dakota, Adams State College (Col.) closes the winter championship season at the top of the standings for the Division II Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.
With 310 points, the Grizzlies hold a 10-point edge over North Dakota. The Grizzlies' winter point totals come from a third place finish in women's track and field, eighth in men's wrestling and a 16th place showing in men's track and field. The Sears Directors' Cup is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
North Dakota scored in five winter sports, including a late, fifth-place, 20-point showing in Division I men's ice hockey, to record 300 points. The Fighting Sioux won the title in women's basketball, places second in women's swimming, fourth in men's swimming and 24th in women's track and field. Rounding out the top five are North Dakota State, in third with 280 points; Abilene Christian (Tex.), in fourth with 270 points; and Western State (Col.), in fifth with 260 points.
This is the final set of winter standings and includes the sports of women and men's basketball, fencing, men's ice hockey, rifle, skiing, women and men's swimming, women and men's track and field and men's wrestling. In addition to North Dakota, national championships were won by Kentucky Wesleyan in men's basketball; St. Michael's (Vt.) in ice hockey; Alaska-Fairbanks in rifle; Drury (Mo.) in women and men's swimming; Abilene Christian in women and men's track and field; and Pittsburgh-Johnstown in men's wrestling. The highest Division II finish in fencing, women's gymnastics and skiing, National Collegiate sports, was ninth by Wayne State (Mich.) in fencing and 19th and second by Denver in women's gymnastics and skiing respectively.
Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven for men and seven for women. Each national champion receives 100 points. There are four Sears Directors' Cup Awards, one to honor the institution with the best all-around athletics program in each of the NCAA's Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. It is the first-ever cross-sectional all-sports national recognition award for both men and women. The winner of the award receives a trophy designed by Waterford Crystal.
A complete listing of the final winter standings follows.