Scoring Update for the NAIA
Simon Fraser Dominates in the Race for the NAIA Sears Directors' Cup
As of April 8, 1999
Cleveland, Ohio -- Two-time defending champion Simon Fraser University, the only Canadian institution in the competition, has dominated the field in the race for the NAIA Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.
With the conclusion of the winter sports season, Simon Fraser has scored in six of a possible seven sports. Simon Fraser has posted 600 points, including 100 points for the title in men's swimming, and now boasts a margin of 190 points. SFU also placed second in women's basketball and swimming, third in women's track and field, seventh in men's wrestling and 25th 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.
Azusa Pacific (Cal.) has moved into second place with 410 points. Rounding out the top five are Life (Ga.), third with 380 points; Lindenwood (Mo.), fourth with 370 points; and Westmont (Cal.), fifth with 260 points.
This is the final winter standings and includes the sports of women and men's Division I and II basketball, women's and men's swimming, women's and men's track and field and men's wrestling. The most recent national championships were won by Oklahoma City in Division I women's basketball and Life in Division I men's basketball. In addition to Simon Fraser, winning the remaining national championships were Shawnee (Ohio) in Division II women's basketball; Bethel (Ind.) in Division II men's basketball; Puget Sound - Div. III (Wash.) in women's swimming; McKendree (Ill.) in women's track and field; and Montana State-Northern in wrestling. The highest finish for an NAIA institution in women's swimming was Simon Fraser's second place showing.
Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports -- six for men and six 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.