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Grand Valley State (Mich.) and Amherst (Mass.) Lead the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Final Winter Standings

April 2, 2009

 

Division II

Cleveland, Ohio - Grand Valley State (Mich) is atop the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the fourth time this year. The Lakers increased their point total to 718.5 in the final winter standings.

In the most recent championships, GVSU finished 33rd in both men's and women's basketball. In the first set of winter standings the Lakers finished second in women's indoor track and field, ninth in both men's and women's swimming and 12th in men's indoor track and field.

Holding onto second is Minnesota State Mankato. The Mavericks tallied a winter season-high 479.5 points to increase their overall total to 620.5 points. Minnesota State Mankato captured the women's basketball championship and placed 17th in men's basketball. Earlier this year the Mavericks finished 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.

Adams State (Colo.) also maintains third place in the final winter standings. 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 alone.

Fourth place belongs to the University of Tampa, who placed 17th in women's basketball and earlier this year eighth in men's swimming and 12th in women's swimming for a total of 411.5 total points.

Rounding out the top-five is Central Missouri who made the jump from its previous standing of 8th place with 397 total points. The Mules and Jennies placed third in men's basketball, third in women's indoor track and field, sixth in men's indoor track and field and 18th in men's wrestling.

Institutions capturing winter NCAA championships include: Minnesota State Mankato (Women's Basketball); Findlay (Ohio) (Men's Basketball); 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). In the national collegiate championships, Wayne State (Mich.) had the highest finish of a Division II institution (14th), Mercyhurst (Pa.) had the highest finish in women's ice hockey (2nd) and Alaska Anchorage tallied the highest finish in skiing (4th).


 

 

The first spring Division II standings will be released Thursday, May 21, 2009.

Complete Division II Leafield Sports Directors Cup Standings

Division III

Cleveland, Ohio - With all winter NCAA Division III championships completed, Amherst (Mass.) has taken the lead in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Lord Jeffs, who were 15th in the first winter standings, now lead all institutions with 679 points.

The Lord Jeffs notched five top-5 finishes in the most recent standings, capturing the women's ice hockey championship, placing third in women's basketball, fifth in men's ice hockey, women's swimming and men's swimming and also placing 33rd in men's basketball. Earlier this winter Amherst also finished 21st in women's indoor track and field and 61st in men's indoor track and field.

After finishing atop the first two fall standings, Williams (Mass.) is now in second place, trailing Amherst with 620.5 points. The Ephs of Williams finished fourth in women's swimming and 21st in men's swimming. Previously the Ephs finished 10th in men's wrestling, and 48th in both men's and women's track and field. In the national collegiate skiing championships, Williams finished 14th.

Moving up from 10th place to third is Wisconsin Stevens Point with 572.5 points. The Pointers finished eighth in both men's swimming and men's indoor track and field, ninth in women's basketball, 17th in both men's basketball and men's wrestling, 27th in women's swimming and 28th in women's indoor track and field.

Washington University (Mo.) earned 380 points this winter after capturing the men's basketball championship, placing second in women's basketball, seventh in men's swimming, 14th in women's swimming, 32nd in men's indoor track and field and 54th in women's indoor track and field bringing the Bears total points to 562.

Rounding out the top-five is Wisconsin La Crosse who led the first winter standings. After tying for the men's track and field championship, the Eagles placed second in women's track and field, third in men's wrestling, eighth in women's swimming and 55th in men's swimming. The Eagles have 547 total points.

Institutions capturing winter NCAA championships include: Wisconsin La Crosse and Wisconsin Oshkosh (Men's Track and Field), Wartburg (Iowa) (Women's Track and Field) and Wartburg (Iowa) (Wrestling); George Fox (Ore.) (Women's Basketball); Washington University (Mo.) (Men's Basketball); Kenyon (Ohio) (Men's and Women's Swimming); Amherst (Mass.) (Women's Ice Hockey); Neumann (Pa.) (Men's Ice Hockey). In the national collegiate championships, New York University had the highest finish of all Division III institutions in Fencing (15th), and Middlebury (Vt.) tallied the highest finish in Skiing (8th).

The first Spring Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings will be released on May 21, 2009.

Complete Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings