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Grand Valley State and Wisconsin La Crosse lead the First Winter Division II and Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

March 19, 2009

 

Division II

Cleveland, Ohio - For the third time this season, Grand Valley State (Mich) is atop the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Lakers scored in four out of five winter championships, bringing their total points to 668.5.

GVSU's highest finish this winter was in women's indoor track and field where it placed second. The Lakers also placed ninth in both men's and women's swimming, and 12th in men's indoor track and field. In total, the Lakers have scored 286.5 points this winter.

Moving up from 22nd place to second is Minnesota State Mankato. The Mavericks tallied a winter season-high 329.5 points to increase their total to 470.5 total points. Minnesota State Mankato tallied top-25 finishes in all five winter championships- third in wrestling, 10th in women's track and field, 12th in men's swimming, 13th in men's track and field and 15th in women's swimming.

Also making it back into the top-five is Adams State (Colo.), who jumped from 8th in the final fall standings to third. After placing second in men's track and field, fifth in men's wrestling and 12th in women's track and field, the Grizzlies now have a total of 429.5 points, 229.5 of which came from the winter championships.

Fourth place belongs to the University of Tampa, who placed eight in men's swimming and 12th in women's swimming for a total of 361.5 total points. Rounding out the top-five is Ashland (Ohio) who made the biggest jump from its previous standing of 33rd place with 359.5 total points. The Eagles placed fourth in both men's and women's track and field, 18th in men's swimming and 22nd in men's wrestling.

Institutions capturing winter NCAA championships to date include: Drury (Mo.) (Women's Swimming), Drury (Mo.) (Men's Swimming), Lincoln (Mo.) (Women's Indoor Track and Field), St. Augustine's (N.C.) (Men's Indoor Track and Field) and Nebraska Omaha (Wrestling).

The final winter Division II standings will be released Thursday, April 2, 2009, and will feature men's and women's basketball.


 

 

March 19 Complete Division II Standings

Division III

Cleveland, Ohio - With three winter NCAA Division III championships completed, UW-L has taken the lead in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Eagles, who were 15th in the final fall standings, now lead all institutions with 458 points.

The Eagles notched three top-5 finishes this winter, tying for the men's track and field championship, finishing second in women's track and field and third in men's wrestling earning them 270 points in the winter standings, the most of any institution.

After finishing atop the final fall standings, Cortland State (N.Y) is now in second place, trailing UW-L with 452.5 points. The Red Dragons finished 19th in men's wrestling and 28th in women's track and field.

Williams (Mass.) and Messiah (Pa.) both move down a spot in the standings to third and fourth, respectively. Williams, who was previously in 2nd place, earned 114 points in the winter championships to increase its point total to 440. The Ephs of Williams finished 10th in men's wrestling, and 48th in both men's and women's track and field.

Messiah earned 142.75 points this winter after a 10th place finish in women's track and field, 32nd place finish in men's track and field and a 36th place finish in men's wrestling bringing the Falcons total points to 436.75

Making an impressive jump into the top-five this winter is Wisconsin Oshkosh after tying for the men's track and field championship, placing third in women's track and field and 45th in men's wrestling for a total of 206 points this winter. Overall, the Titans have 380 total points.

Institutions capturing winter NCAA championships to date include: Wisconsin La Crosse and Wisconsin Oshkosh (Men's track and field), Wartburg (Iowa) (Women's Track and Field) and Wartburg (Iowa) (Wrestling).

The final Division III Winter Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings will be released on April 2, 2009.

March 19 Complete Division III Standings