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Division I and NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

June 2, 2011

Virginia Records Spring-High 359.00 Points, Stanford Keeps Top Spot in First Spring Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings; ACC Puts Four Institutions in Top 10

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Virginia has jumped into the top 10 after turning in a spring-high 359.00 points in the first spring Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings. The Cavaliers took home the men's lacrosse national championship, while also finishing second in men's tennis, fourth in women's golf and ninth in both women's lacrosse and women's tennis.

Stanford again finds itself in the top spot with 1387.50 total points. The Cardinal won the women's water polo crown and turned in additional results of second in women's tennis, fifth in men's tennis, ninth in women's lacrosse and 23rd in women's golf.

In second place with 1122.30 points is Ohio State. The Buckeyes finished first in men's volleyball, third in men's tennis and 21st in women's golf.

North Carolina has moved into third with 1070.25 points. The Tar Heels garnered finishes of third in women's lacrosse, fifth in women's tennis, eighth in women's golf, ninth in men's lacrosse and 17th in men's tennis.

Duke sits in fourth with 991.50 points as a result of finishing third in both women's and men's lacrosse, fifth in women's tennis, ninth in men's tennis and 25th in women's golf.

Rounding out the top five with is Penn State. The Nittany Lions increased their point total to 889.05 after finishing third in men's volleyball.

The ACC is leading the current conference standings, with four of its member institutions currently in the top 10. ACC institutions in the top 10 include North Carolina, Duke, Virginia (ninth) and Maryland (10th).

Seven spring NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women's golf - UCLA; women's lacrosse - Northwestern; men's lacrosse - Virginia; women's tennis - Florida; men's tennis - Southern California; men's volleyball - Ohio State; and women's water polo - Stanford.

Shorter (Ga.) Scores Spring-High 427.00 Points; Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Retains Lead in First Spring NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings; Golden State Athletic Conference Places Three in Top 10

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Azusa Pacific (Calif.) is once again atop the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings following the first set of spring championships. The Cougars most recently finished third in women's tennis, fifth in both men's tennis and women's track & field, 13th in men's track & field and 18th in softball to increase their point total to 1020.75.

Shorter (Ga.) has moved into second place with 741.00 total points. The Hawks turned in a spring-high 427.00 points after placing first in men's track & field, third in both women's golf and women's track & field, seventh in softball, ninth in men's tennis and 20th in men's golf.

In third place with 711.75 total points is Lindenwood (Mo.). The Lions finished seventh in women's track & field, ninth in men's track & field, 17th in women's golf and 21st in men's golf.

Jumping from 19th place to fourth as a result of their performance in the most recent championships is Embry Riddle Aeronautical (Fla.) with 699.25 points. The Eagles placed second in both women's golf and men's tennis, third in women's tennis, eighth in women's track & field and 11th in men's track & field.

Fresno Pacific (Calif.) rounds out the top five with 669.75 points. The Sunbirds added to their previous point total by winning the men's tennis national championship, while also finishing second in women's tennis, sixth in men's track & field and 52nd in women's track & field.

The Golden State Athletic Conference remains atop the conference standings, with three of its member institutions in the top 10 (Azusa Pacific (Calif.) - first; Fresno Pacific (Calif.) - fifth; California Baptist - eighth).

Seven spring NAIA championships have been completed to date with the following institutions capturing titles: women's golf - California Baptist; men's golf - Oklahoma Christian; softball - Oregon Tech; women's tennis - Auburn Montgomery (Ala.); men's tennis - Fresno Pacific (Calif.); women's track & field - Concordia (Ore.); men's track & field - Shorter (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 12 sports -- six women's and six men's.

The next Division I and NAIA 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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