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Grand Valley State Opens Winter Championship Season with Large Lead

March 16, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Grand Valley State (Mich.), opens the winter championship season of the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II with a 241.75 point lead.

The winner for the last two years, the Lakers now boast 629.75 points. Thus far, this winter, they have placed fifth in women's track and field, 10th in men's track and field, 13th in women's swimming and 15th in men's swimming.

Moving into second place is Adams State (Colo.) with 388 points, based on a third place finish in men's track and field, fourth in women's track and field and eighth in wrestling. They are followed by Abilene Christian (Tex.), third with 367 points; Nebraska Omaha, fourth with 369.5 points; and Colorado School of Mines, fifth with 353.25 points.

This is the first set of winter standings and includes the sports of women and men's swimming and track and field, wrestling and the National Collegiate sports of rifle and skiing. Winning these national championships were Truman State (Mo.) in women's swimming, Drury (Mo.) in men's swimming, Lincoln (Mo.) in women's track and field, St. Augustine's (N.C.) in men's track and field and Nebraska Omaha in wrestling. Alaska Fairbanks won the championship in rifle, while in skiing, the highest Division II finish was Alaska Anchorage, in sixth.

The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is the program sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.

Winter standings to date follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.