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Scoring Update for Division III

Wisconsin-Oshkosh Maintains Lead at the End of the Fall Season in the Division III Sears Directors' Cup Race

December 21, 2000

CLEVELAND - The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has closed the fall championship season with a nine-point lead in race for the Division III Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh scored in four of seven sports, placing third in men's cross country and soccer; fourth in women's cross country and ninth in women's volleyball to earn 280 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.

Right behind is Williams (Mass.), a four-time champion, with 271 points. Rounding out the top five are the College of New Jersey, third with 236 points; Trinity (Tex.), fourth with 205 points; and tied for fifth were Hobart/William Smith (N.Y.) and Ithaca (N.Y.), each with 190 points.

These are the final fall standings and include the sports of women and men's cross country, field hockey, football, women's and men's soccer and women's volleyball. Winning national championships were Middlebury (Vt.) in women's cross country; Calvin (Mich.) in men's cross country; Hobart/William Smith in field hockey; Mount Union (Ohio) in football; New Jersey in women's soccer; Messiah (Penn.) in men's soccer; and Central (Iowa) in women's volleyball.

Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine for men and nine for women. Each national champion receives 100 points. Final fall standings follow. Please note that standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season. The codes are as follows: W - women; M - men; CC - cross country; FH - field hockey; FB - football; SOC - soccer; and VB - volleyball.

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