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Lindenwood Takes Over Lead in the NAIA

March 23, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - Lindenwood University (Mo.) jumped from third place at the end of the fall season to take over the lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup winter standings for the NAIA.

Lindenwood added 393 points in the winter championship sports to bring its total to 643 points. The Lions won the national title in men's track and field and were the runners-up in men's swimming and wrestling. They also placed third in Division II men's basketball and fourth in women's swimming and track and field.

Azusa Pacific (Calif.) dropped into second place with 515.5 points, placing fourth in men's track and field and sixth in women's track and field. Simon Fraser (B.C.) is third with 456 points, followed by Cedarville (Ohio), in fourth with 362 points; and McKendree (Ill.) in Oklahoma Baptist, tied for fifth with 291.5 points.

This is the first set of winter standings and includes the sports of women and men's Division II basketball, swimming and track and men's wrestling. In addition to Lindenwood, winning these national championships were Hastings (Neb.) in women's Division II basketball, Ozarks (Mo.) in men's Division II basketball, California Baptist in women and men's swimming, Missouri Baptist in women's track and field and Dana (Neb.) in wrestling.

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 12 sports - six women's and six 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.