Simon Fraser Leads in the First Winter NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings|
March 11, 2010
CLEVELAND – Simon Fraser (B.C.) remains the top seed in the first winter NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings with 583.50 points. The Clan recorded three top- 10 finishes, placing third in women’s track & field, fifth in women’s swimming and sixth in men’s swimming. Simon Fraser also placed 22nd in men’s wrestling and 33rd in men’s track and field.
Lindenwood (Mo.) enters into the top five after earning a winter total high of 349 points, giving them a second place total of 514. The Lions finished third in men’s swimming, sixth in women’s track & field, seventh in men’s wrestling, 10th in women’s swimming and 16th in men’s track & field.
Azusa Pacific (Calif.) moves into third with a total of 483 points. The Cougars recorded three top-10 finishes, including the championship title in men’s track & field, fourth in women’s track & field and sixth in women’s swimming.
Fresno Pacific (Calif.) also makes its first top five appearance of the year with a total of 432 points. The fourth place ranking comes after the Sunbirds captured the men’s swimming championship and finished third in women’s swimming. Additionally, the Sunbirds finished 25th in women’s track & field and 27th in men’s track & field.
Biola (Calif.) is in fifth with a total of 426.33 points. The Eagles had an impressive showing in the championship tournaments, finishing fifth in women’s track & field, seventh in women’s swimming and ninth in men’s swimming.
Five winter NAIA championships have been completed to date with the following institutions capturing titles: Savannah Art & Design (Ga.) (women’s swimming); Fresno Pacific (Calif.) (men’s swimming); Oklahoma Baptist (women’s track & field); Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (men’s track & field); and Notre Dame (Ohio) (men’s wrestling).
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 standings will be released Thursday, March 25, 2010. 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 Web site at www.nacda.com.
About Learfield Sports: Learfield Sports enters its second year partnership of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. For nearly four decades, the company has been a preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace. It currently manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences, associations and venues. These ever-expanding relationships feature various strategic sponsorship platforms including radio and television programming, stadium/arena signage, official university publications, Internet sites, digital media, hospitality and at-event impact. Learfield Sports is an operating unit of Jefferson City, Mo.-based Learfield Communications, Inc., which made its initial foray into the world of sports marketing in 1975 as the radio rights holder for the University of Missouri, a client still today. To learn more, visit www.learfieldsports.com.