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Grand Valley State and Adams State Sit Atop the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

March 25, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Grand Valley State University (Mich.), the runner-up in 2001-02 and 2002-03, and Adams State University (Colo.), the winner in 1998-99, hold the top two spots in United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup winter standings for Division II.

Grand Valley State placed 14th in women's swimming, 18th in men's track and field, 22nd in men's swimming and 36th in women's track and field to increase their total to 536 points.

Moving up from fourth place, just 92 points behind with 444 points is Adams State. The Grizzlies placed second in women's track and field, third in men's track and field and ninth in men's wrestling. They are followed by Truman State (Mo.), in third with 441 points; Western State (Colo.), fourth with 422 points; and UC San Diego, in fifth with 404 points.

This is the first set of winter standings and includes the sports of 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, California State Bakersfield in men's swimming, Lincoln (Mo.) 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 skiing, a National Collegiate championship, was Alaska Anchorage, in sixth.

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 14 sports -- seven women's and seven 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.