Two Points Separate Top Three Places In Division II Sears Directors' Cup Race
As of April 20, 2000 CLEVELAND - In the closest race in the history of the Sears Directors' Cup, only two points separate the top three places, with the University of North Dakota holding the lead in the race for the 1999-2000 Division II Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.
In the last set of standings, North Dakota was in fourth place with 385 points. However, the Fighting Sioux won the Division I men's ice hockey championship to add 100 points to its total. They close out the winter season with 485 points, one point ahead of the California-Davis and two points ahead of North Dakota State. The Fighting Sioux also placed third in women's swimming, fifth in men's swimming, ninth in women's basketball, 12th in women's indoor track and field and 17th in men's basketball. The Sears Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. It is administered by NACDA and sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Rounding out the top five are Western State (Col.), fourth with 441 points; and Adams State (Col.), last year's champion, fifth with 302.5 points.
This is the final set of winter standings and includes the sports of women's and men's basketball, fencing, Division I men's ice hockey, rifle, skiing, women's and men's swimming, women's and men's indoor track and field and men's wrestling. Winning national championships were Northern Kentucky in women's basketball; Metropolitan State (Col.) in men's basketball; North Dakota in Division I men's ice hockey; Alaska-Fairbanks in rifle; Drury (Mo.) in women's swimming; California State-Bakersfield in men's swimming; Abilene Christian (Tex.) in women's and men's indoor track and field; and North Dakota State in wrestling. The highest Division II finish in fencing and skiing, National Collegiate Championships were Wayne State (Mich.), 16th in fencing; and Northern Michigan, ninth in skiing.
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, which tours the country, appearing at major men and women's events throughout the year.
Final winter sports standings follow. Please note that standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Codes are as follows: W - women; M - men; BB - basketball; Hoc - ice hockey; SW - swimming; T&F - track and field; and WR - wrestling.