Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Maintains Lead in First Winter NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings|
March 8, 2012
CLEVELAND - Azusa Pacific (Calif.) holds onto first place in the 2011-12 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings. The Cougars placed in three of the five winter championships so far, women's track & field - first; women's swimming - fifth; and men's track & field - ninth, adding 244 points for 603 points overall.
Oklahoma Baptist is in second place with 454 total points. They placed in four championships so far this winter, finishing first in men's swimming, second in women's swimming and women's track & field and fourth in men's track & field. The Bison earned 360 of their points this winter.
In third place with 448.5 total points is Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). The Blue Raiders recorded a fourth place finish in wrestling, 10th place in men's swimming, 17th in women's swimming, 21st in men's track & field and 25th in women's track and field adding to their total of 195 points in the fall.
In fourth is Fresno Pacific (Calif.) with 387.5 total points, after finishing first in women's swimming, second in men's swimming, eighth in men's track & field and 13th in women's track & field.
Occupying the fifth spot is Morningside (Iowa) with 382 total points. The Mustangs finished seventh in women's track and field, 11th in women's swimming and men's track & field, 12th in wrestling and 13th in men's swimming.
Five of the nine winter NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women's swimming - Fresno Pacific; men's swimming - Oklahoma Baptist; women's track & field - Azusa Pacific; men's track & field - Wayland Baptist; wrestling - Grand View.
The Golden State conference has two institutions in the top five, three in the top 10 - Azusa Pacific (1st), Fresno Pacific (4th) and Biola (7th).
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports -- six women's and six men's.
The final winter NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings will be released March 22, 2012.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
About Learfield Sports: The 2011-12 athletics season marks its fourth year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly four decades, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate properties, including flagship Mizzou, which it has represented since 1975. An operating unit of Learfield Communications, the company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide and creates nearly 7,000 radio game broadcasts and coaches' shows each year. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships also feature comprehensive corporate sponsorship platforms, official university publications, Internet, digital media, hospitality and game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports' expertise, its history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.
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