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Simon Fraser Continues To Lead In The United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

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Cleveland, Ohio - Four-time champion Simon Fraser University (B.C.), which has held the lead throughout the year, continues to hold the lead as the spring championship season opens in the race for the 2003-04 United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for the NAIA.

The champion from 1997-2000, Simon Fraser posted 752.25 points and placed 37th in men's golf. Moving into second place, only 52.25 points behind, is Azusa Pacific (Calif.) with 700 points. They are followed by defending champion Lindenwood (Mo.), in third with 603 points; Mary (N.D.), fourth with 469 points; and Cedarville (Ohio), in fifth with 466 points.

This is the first set of spring standings and includes the sports men's golf and women and men's tennis. Winning these championships were Oklahoma City in men's golf and Auburn Montgomery and women and men's tennis.

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 12 sports - six women's and six men's. Each national champion receives 100 points.

Spring sports standings to date follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Final, official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season, on June 11.