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New Jersey Holds onto Lead; Williams Moves Into Second

March 16, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - The College of New Jersey, which took over the lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings in Division III at the end of the fall season, marking the first time since December 2000 that a college other than Williams College held the lead, maintained its first place position as the winter championship season opens.

The Lions boast 536.75 points. This season, they have placed 10th in women's track and field, 13th in men's track and field, 19th in wrestling and 33rd in women's swimming.

Williams is just 50.25 points behind with 486.5 points. The Ephs placed second in women's track and field, third in women's swimming, 15th in skiing, 20th in men's track and field and 35th in wrestling. They are followed by Wisconsin La Crosse, in third with 454 points; Calvin (Mich.), in fourth with 355.75 points; and Cortland State (N.Y.), in fifth with 332 points.

This is the first set of winter standings and includes the sports of women's swimming, women and men's track and field and wrestling, along with the National Collegiate sport of skiing. Winning these national championships were Emory (Ga.) in women's swimming, Wisconsin Oshkosh in women's track and field, Wisconsin La Crosse in men's track and field and Wartburg (Iowa) in wrestling. The highest Division III finish in skiing was Middlebury (Vt.) in seventh place.

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 sponsoring. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.

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