Simon Fraser Hangs Onto Slight Lead in the NAIA Sears Directors' Cup
As of December 31, 1998
Cleveland, Ohio - Two-time defending champion Simon Fraser University, the only Canadian institution in the competition, has held onto a slight 10-point lead as the fall season comes to a close in the race for the NAIA Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.
Scoring in four of the six fall sports, Simon Fraser has posted 240 points, including the 100 points for the title in women's cross country. SFU also placed second in women's soccer, 10th in men's cross country and 13th in men's soccer. The Sears Directors' Cup is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
On Simon Fraser's heels is Azusa Pacific (Cal.) with 230 points. Rounding out the top five are Lindenwood (Mo.), third with 210 points; Life (Ga.), fourth with 180 points; and Westmont (Cal.), fifth with 170 points.
These are the final fall standings and include the sports of women and men's cross country, football, women's and men's soccer and women's volleyball. In addition to Simon Fraser, winning national championships in these sports were Life in men's cross country; Azusa Pacific in football and women's soccer; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in men's soccer; and Columbia in women's volleyball.
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, which tours the country, appearing at major men and women's events throughout the year.
A complete listing of the final fall standings follows.