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Stanford and Azusa Pacific Lead the Winter Division I and NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

March 26, 2009

Division I

Cleveland, Ohio - Once again Stanford remains in lead in the first winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Cardinal, who previously led after the fall standings, have scored a total of 686.75 points, including 292.75 with the completion of eight winter championships.

Stanford tallied two top-10 finishes, placing fourth in women's swimming and ninth in fencing. Stanford also finished 11th in men's indoor track and field, 12th in women's indoor track and field and 51st in men's wrestling.

Second place belongs to Minnesota who enters the top-five with a total of 542.75 points. The Gophers had a third place finish in women's ice hockey, placed 11th in women's swimming, 12th in women's indoor track and field and 14th in both men's indoor track and field and men's wrestling. Minnesota earned 303.25 points so far in the winter standings, the most of any institution.

Moving up from 10th into third place is Penn State with a total of 536 points. The Nittany Lions captured the fencing title and placed seventh in women's indoor track and field, 17th in men's wrestling, 38th place in women's swimming and 39th in men' indoor track and field.

North Carolina is now in fourth place with 496.25 total points. The Tar Heels finished 12th place in women's indoor track and field, 20th place for both fencing and women's swimming, 41st in men's indoor track and field and 46th in men's wrestling earning 206.25 this winter.

Rounding out the top-five is Oregon who moves down from its previous second place standing with 491.25 total points. The Ducks captured the men's indoor track and field title, and placed ninth in women's indoor track and field.

To date, eight fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: Penn State (Fencing); Wisconsin (women's ice hockey); West Virginia (Rifle); Denver (Skiing); California (women's swimming); Tennessee (women's indoor track and field); Oregon (men's indoor track and field); and Iowa (men's wrestling).


 

 

Complete Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

NAIA

Cleveland, Ohio - Azusa Pacific maintains its lead of the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings with 661 total points. The Cougars placed ninth in Division I women's basketball and 17th in Division I men's basketball to bring their winter total to 337 points. Azusa Pacific's other scores this winter came in men's indoor track and field, where it placed first, women's indoor track and field, where it finished second and women's swimming where they placed seventh.

Lindenwood remains in second place with 578.50 points. This winter, the Lions captured the men's wrestling title, placed sixth in women's indoor track and field, seventh in men's swimming, eighth in women's swimming and 11th in men's indoor track and field bringing their winter point total to 374.50 scoring the most of any institution.

Concordia (Calif.) also holds onto third place in the final winter standings. The Eagles have a total of 514.50 points, with 333.50 coming during winter. Concordia placed fifth in Division I men's basketball and earlier this winter finished third in men's swimming, sixth in women's swimming, 19th in indoor women's track and field and 21st in men's indoor track and field.

Fresno Pacific remained in fourth place after notching a 17th place finish in Division I men's basketball for a total of 465 points. Earlier this winter, the Sunbirds placed second in men's swimming, fourth in women's swimming, 17th in men's indoor tack and field and 36th in women's indoor track and field.

Ascending into the top-five in the final winter standings is Black Hills State (S.D) who jumped from 10th to fifth. The Yellow Jackets placed third in Division II men's basketball and placed fifth in Division II women's basketball. Black Hills State also finished eighth in women's indoor track and field and 28th in men's indoor track and field bringing them to 428.75 total points.

Nine winter NAIA championships have been completed to date with the following institutions capturing titles: Union (Tenn.) (Women's Division I Basketball); Rocky Mountain (Men's Division I Basketball); Morningside (Iowa) (Women's Division II Basketball); Oklahoma Wesleyan (Men's Division II Basketball); Savannah Art & Design (Ga.) (women's swimming); California Baptist (men's swimming); Wayland Baptist (Tex.) (women's track & field); Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (men's track & field); and Lindenwood (Mo.) (men's wrestling).

Complete NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings