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Grand Valley State and Middlebury Lead First Spring Directors' Cup Standings

May 26, 2011

Barry (Fla.) Scores Spring-High 259.00 Points in the First Spring Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings; GLIAC and PSAC Each Place Two Institutions in the Top 10

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Barry (Fla.) has set the pace thus far in the spring Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings tallying a spring-high 259.00 points. The Buccaneers took home the women's tennis national championship, while also finishing second in men's tennis and ninth in men's golf.

Grand Valley State (Mich.) has retained the overall lead with 916.50 points. The Lakers finished sixth in women's golf, ninth in women's tennis and 21st in men's golf during the first set of spring championships.

Taking over the second place spot is Grand Canyon (Ariz.), with 598.00 total points. The Antelopes most recently turned in results of 17th in both women's golf and women's tennis, as well as a 42nd place finish in men's golf.

Abilene Christian (Tex.) is now in third place following three top 10 finishes in the spring championships. The Wildcats finished third in men's golf and fifth in both men's and women's tennis to increase their point total to 575.00.

In fourth place with 563.75 points is Drury (Mo.). The Panthers finished ninth in both men's and women's tennis, while also turning in additional results of 13th in women's golf and 45th in men's golf.

Narrowly trailing Drury (Mo.) is Central Missouri. The Mules round out the top five with 563.50 points after finishing third in men's golf.

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) have each placed two of their member institutions in the top 10. GLIAC institutions in the top 10 include first place Grand Valley State (Mich.) and ninth place Ashland (Ohio). PSAC institutions in the top 10 include eighth place Shippensburg (Pa.) and 10th place California (Pa.).

Five spring NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women's golf - Nova Southeastern (Fla.); men's golf - Cal State Monterey Bay; women's lacrosse - Adelphi (N.Y.); women's tennis - Barry (Fla.); men's tennis - Valdosta State (Ga.).

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.

Christopher Newport (Va.) Turns In Spring High 180.25 Points; Middlebury (Vt.) Regains Overall Lead in the First Spring Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

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Christopher Newport (Va.) recorded points in three NCAA championships to earn a spring-high 180.25 points in the first spring Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings. The Captains turned in a second place finish in softball to go along with an 11th place finish in men's golf and a 17th place finish in women's lacrosse.

Middlebury (Vt.) has regained the overall lead with 798.00 total points. The Panthers finished ninth in women's lacrosse, 18th in men's golf and 34th in softball.

In second place, and trailing by just 14 points, is Williams (Mass.). The Ephs turned in an eighth place finish in women's golf to increase their point total to 784.00.

Washington University (Mo.) is in third place with 739.00 points. The Bears added to their point total through finishes of eighth in women's golf and 34th in softball.

In fourth place is Calvin (Mich.). The Knights increased their point total to 647.75 after placing 26th in men's golf.

Rounding out the top-five is Amherst (Mass.), with 587.00 points.

Following the first set of spring championships, the New England Small College Athletic Conference continues to leading the way among all conferences, with three of its institutions in the top-five. Following current leader Middlebury (Vt.) is Williams (Mass.) in second and Amherst (Mass.) in fifth.

Four spring NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women's golf - Methodist (N.C.); men's golf - Greensboro (N.C.); women's lacrosse - Gettysburg (Pa.); softball - Linfield (Ore.).

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.

The final Division II and Division III standings will be released Friday, June 17 in conjunction with the NACDA Convention and Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Luncheon presented by the USOC.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.

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