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Stanford and Azusa Pacific Lead the Division I and NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings
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May 28, 2009

Division I

Cleveland, Ohio – With three top-10 finishes in the most recent spring championships, Stanford has extended its lead in the first spring Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings. The Cardinal now have a total of 1258.75 points after notching a third place finish in the national collegiate women’s water polo championship and a ninth place finish in both women’s and men’s tennis. Stanford also placed 40th in women’s golf this spring.

Moving up one spot into second place is North Carolina with 1062.75 total points. The Tar Heels finished in the top-25 in five of the seven spring championships completed. North Carolina finished second in women’s lacrosse, fifth in men’s lacrosse, seventh in women’s golf and 17th in both women’s and men’s tennis.

Jumping 14 spots and back into the top-five is Southern California. The Trojans have earned 395 points this spring, the most of any institution. Southern California captured the men’s tennis championship, placed second in both men’s volleyball and women’s water polo, finished third in women’s golf and 17th in women’s tennis for 897 total points.

Holding onto fourth place is Michigan with 884.80 total points. The Wolverines notched a fifth place showing at the women’s water polo championship, placed 17th in both women’s and men’s tennis and 49th in women’s golf.

California climbs two spots to complete the top-five. The Golden Bears finished second in women’s tennis, 25th in women’s golf and 33rd in men’s tennis for 849 total points.

Institutions capturing spring NCAA championships include: Arizona State (women’s golf); Northwestern (women’s lacrosse); Syracuse (men’s lacrosse); Duke (women’s tennis); Southern California (men’s tennis); UC Irvine (men’s volleyball); and UCLA (women’s water polo).


 

 

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 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

The next spring Division I standings will be released June 19, 2009 at the 44th Annual NACDA Convention.

Complete Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

NAIA

Cleveland, Ohio – Following four top-10 finishes in spring NAIA championships, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) remains atop the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings. The Cougars have 964 total points.

Azusa Pacific captured the men’s outdoor track and field championship, placed fourth in women’s outdoor track and field, fifth in men’s tennis and ninth in women’s tennis scoring 303 points this spring.

Trading places in the standings are Concordia (Calif.) and Lindenwood (Mo.), as the Eagles of Concordia are now in second with 822 total points, followed by the Lions of Lindenwood with 797.50 points. Concordia finished third in women’s tennis, fifth in men’s tennis, ninth in softball, 20th in men’s outdoor track and field and 26th in women’s outdoor track and field. Lindenwood finished third in women’s outdoor track and field, 11th in men’s outdoor track and field, 17th in men’s golf and 23rd in women’s golf.

Holding onto fourth place is Fresno Pacific after capturing the men’s tennis championship, placing second in women’s tennis and 21st in women’s outdoor track and field the Sunbirds now have 707.50 total points.

Rounding out the top-five is California Baptist who moves up five spots and into the top-five for the first time this year. The Lancers captured the softball championship, and also notched a third place showing in men’s tennis and women’s golf while placing ninth in women’s tennis for 692.50 points.

Institutions capturing NAIA championships to date include: Oklahoma City (women’s golf); Oklahoma Christian (men’s golf); California Baptist (women’s softball); Auburn Montgomery (women’s tennis); Fresno Pacific (men’s tennis); Wayland Baptist (women’s outdoor track and field); Azusa Pacific (men’s outdoor track and field).

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 12 sports – six women’s and six men’s.

The final spring NAIA standings will be released June 19, 2009 at the 44th Annual NACDA Convention.

Complete NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings