Western State Closes Fall Season in the Lead For the Division II Sears Directors' Cup Race
December 20, 2001
Cleveland, Ohio - Western State College (Col.), which has led throughout the fall in the race for the Division II Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors, closes the season on top, despite a strong push from Grand Valley State University (Mich.).
Western State won national titles in both women and men's cross country, and placed fifth in women's volleyball to finish the season with 260 points. Just 24 points behind is Grand Valley State with 236 points. 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.
UC-Davis is in third place with 224.5 points; followed by UC-San Diego, in fourth with 216 points; and Truman State (Mo.), in fifth with 185 points.
These are the final fall standings and include the sports of women and men's cross country, field hockey, football, women and men's soccer and women's volleyball. In addition to Western State, winning national championships were Bentley (Mass.) in field hockey; North Dakota in football; UC-San Diego in women's soccer; Tampa (Fla.) in men's soccer; and Barry (Fla.) in women's volleyball.
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.
Final fall standings follow. Please note, 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, CC - cross country, FH - field hockey; FB - football; SOC - soccer; and VB - volleyball.