Simon Fraser Increases its Lead as the Winter Season Opens for the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup|
March 18, 2004
Cleveland, Ohio - Four-time champion Simon Fraser University (B.C.), which has held the lead throughout the fall season, has increased its margin as the winter season opens for the 2003-04 United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for the NAIA.
The champion from 1997-2000, Simon Fraser posted 718.75 points, scoring in all five sports contested thus far, including two championships, in women and men's swimming. With a lead of 166.75 points, SFU also placed second in women's track and field, eighth in men's track and field and 10th in men's wrestling.
Moving into second place is last year's champion, Lindenwood (Mo.), with 552 points, based on a second place finish in men's track and field, fourth in women's track and field, fifth in men's swimming and wrestling and ninth in women's swimming. They are followed by Azusa Pacific (Calif.), in third with 442 points; Mary (N.D.), fourth with 372 points; and Biola (Calif.) and Cumberland (Ky.), tied for fifth with 345 points.
This is the first set of winter standings and includes the sports women and men's swimming and track and field and men's wrestling. In addition to Simon Fraser, winning these championships were Azusa Pacific in women and men's track and field and Montana State-Northern in men's wrestling.
The United States 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 in its first year sponsoring the program. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports - six women's and six men's. Each national champion receives 100 points.
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.