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Scoring Update for the NAIA

Defending Champion Closes The Winter Season On Top For The NAIA Sears Directors' Cup

As of April 13, 2000

CLEVELAND - Three-time defending champion Simon Fraser University (BC) has increased its margin to close the winter season in the top spot of the NAIA Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.

Simon Fraser scored in six winter sports, claiming titles in women's and men's swimming and diving. SFU also placed second in Division I women's basketball, third in women's indoor track and field, sixth in men's indoor track and field and 13th in men's wrestling to record 623 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.

Holding second place is Lindenwood (Mo.) with 530 points. Rounding out the top five are Life (Ga.), third with 480 points; Mary (N.D.), fourth with 470 points; and California Baptist, fifth with 468 points.

These are the final winter standings and include the sports of Division I and II women's and men's basketball, women's and men's swimming and diving, women's and men's indoor track and field and men's wrestling. In addition to Simon Fraser, winning national championships in these sports were Oklahoma City in Division I women's basketball; Life in Division I men's basketball; Mary in Division II women's basketball; Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in Division II men's basketball; McKendree (Ill.) in women's track and field; Life (Ga.) in men's track and field and Montana State-Northern in wrestling.

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.

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, I - Division I; II - Division II; BB - basketball, SW - swimming, T&F - track and field, and WR - wrestling.

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