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Azusa Pacific Continues to Lead in the Home Stretch of the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

June 2, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Azusa Pacific University (Calif.), which held the lead at the end of the winter season, has increased its lead in the 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup NAIA final winter standings.

Azusa Pacific posted 881 points, winning the national title in men's tennis and placing third in women's tennis.

Holding onto second place with 699 points is Lindenwood, who placed ninth in men's tennis, 13th in men's golf and 24th in women's golf. They are followed by Simon Fraser (B.C.), in third with 684 points; Mary (N.D.), fourth with 572.75 points; and Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), in fifth with 568 points.

This is the first set of spring standings and includes the sports of softball and women and men's golf, tennis and outdoor track and field. In addition to Azusa Pacific, winning these national championships were Simon Fraser in softball and women's outdoor track and field, Oklahoma City in women's golf, Johnson and Wales (Fla.) in men's golf, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) in women's tennis and Dickinson State (N.D.) in men's outdoor track and field.

The 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 sports standings to date follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season on June 17.