Azusa Pacific Remains in First in the First Winter NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings|
March 12, 2009
Cleveland, Ohio – Azusa Pacific (Calif.) remains atop the first winter NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings with 583 points. The Cougars recorded three top-10 finishes, including a national championship in men’s track & field. The Cougars also finished second in women’s track & field, and seventh in women’s swimming.
Lindenwood (Mo.) moves up from third place into second with 578.5 total points in the first winter standings after scoring in all five winter sports to date. The Lions captured the men’s wrestling national championship, placed sixth in women’s track & field, seventh in men’s swimming, eighth in women’s swimming and 11th in men’s track & field. Lindenwood scored a season-high 374.50 points.
Concordia (Calif) moves into the top-five after recording 85 points for its third place showing in men’s swimming to increase its total to 444.5 points. The Eagles also finished sixth in women’s swimming, 19th in women’s track & field and 21st in men’s track & field.
Fresno Pacific also moved up from its previous 6th place standing into 4th place with 440 points. The Sunbirds tallied 90 points in men’s swimming, 80 points in women’s swimming and a combined 89 points in men’s and women’s track & field.
Simon Fraser (B.C) holds onto fifth place with a total of 421 points. The Clan moved up from their previous 13th place standing after placing third in women’s swimming, fifth in men’s swimming, fourth in women’s track & field and 16th in men’s wrestling.
Five winter NAIA championships have been completed to date with the following institutions capturing titles: Savannah Art & Design (Ga.) (women’s swimming); California Baptist (men’s swimming); Wayland Baptist (Tex.) (women’s track & field); Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (men’s track & field); and Lindenwood (Mo.) (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 26, 2009.