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Defending Champion Continues to Lead in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

March 17, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Grand Valley State University (Mich.) has opened the winter championship season in the lead of the Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II.

Grand Valley State posted 459.5 points with a 14th place finish in women's swimming, 16th in women's track and field and 18th in men's track and field.

Moving into second place, just 39.5 points behind, with 420 points, is Adams State (Colo.), based on a second place finish in men's track and field, fourth in women's track and field and 10th in men's wrestling. They are followed by Truman State (Mo.), in third with 416 points; Cal State Bakersfield in fourth with 386 points; and South Dakota, fifth, 385.25.

This is the first set of winter standings and includes the sports of rifle, skiing, women and men's swimming and track and field and men's wrestling. Winning these national championships were Truman State in women's swimming, Drury (Mo.) in men's swimming, St. Augustine's (N.C.) in women's track and field, Abilene Christian (Tex.) in men's track and field and Nebraska Omaha in men's wrestling. The highest Division II finish in rifle and skiing, national collegiate sports, were Alaska Fairbanks, fourth in rifle; and Alaska Anchorage, seventh in skiing.

The 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 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.