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Azusa Pacific Retakes the Lead in the NAIA

June 1, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - Azusa Pacific University (Calif.), which had held the lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings at the end of the fall season, but moved into second for the winter season, has retaken the lead as the spring championship season opens.

Azusa Pacific has tallied 833 points, finishing as the runner-up in men's tennis and women's track and field and placing third in women's tennis and men's track and field.

Lindenwood (Mo.) moved into second with 696 points, placing 18th in men's golf and 24th in women's golf. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is third with 603 points, followed by Simon Fraser (B.C.), in fourth with 600 points; and Oklahoma Baptist, in fifth with 526.5 points.

This is the first set of spring standings and includes the sports of women and men's golf, tennis and track and field; and women's softball. Winning these national championships were Oklahoma City in women and men's golf, Mobile (Ala.) in women's softball, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) in women and men's tennis, Missouri Baptist in women's track and field and Dickinson State (N.D.) in men's track and field.

The U.S. 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 the program sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports - six women's and six men's.

Spring sport standings to date follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.