June 6, 2012
CLEVELAND - For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup has a new institution sitting atop the final standings, Grand Canyon (Ariz.) unseated the eight time defending champion, Grand Valley State (Mich.), 925.50-894.00. This is the Lopes first Learfield Sports Directors' Cup title.
Grand Canyon will be honored at the 2012 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup luncheon sponsored by Ticketmaster, on Tuesday, June 26.
Grand Canyon scored in the maximum 14 sports including a national championship in men's indoor track & field, third place in men's wrestling and women's golf, and fifth place finishes in women's swimming, men's swimming, women's outdoor track & field and men's tennis, sixth in women's indoor track & field and tenth in men's outdoor track & field. The Lopes also had two scores omitted due to the seven maximum allowed for women's sports - women's volleyball and women's soccer.
Grand Valley State (Mich.) finished in second, after scoring in 13 sports. The Lakers won both the women's outdoor track & field national championship and the women's indoor track & field national championship, finished second in women's soccer, third in women's cross country and sixth in women's swimming. Grand Valley State's score in women's softball was omitted as they reached the seven maximum sports allowed for women's sports.
Ashland (Ohio) finished in third with 750.50 points. The Eagles scored in 13 sports with their highest finish coming in women's basketball (2nd place).
In fourth place with 682.00 total points is Augustana (S.D.). The Augies scored in 12 sports and claimed the women's cross country national championship.
Indianapolis (Ind.) rounds out the top five with 673.75 total points. The Greyhounds scored in 12 sports, their highest finish a seventh place showing in men's baseball.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference placed two institutions in the top five, Grand Valley State (2nd) and Ashland (3rd). The California Collegiate Athletic Conference placed two institutions in the top ten, UC San Diego (7th) and Chico State (8th).
The following institutions capturing spring national titles: men's outdoor track & field - Adams State (Colo.); women's outdoor track & field - Grand Valley State (Mich.); baseball - West Chester (Pa.); women's rowing - Humboldt State (Calif.); men's lacrosse - Dowling (N.Y.); women's golf, men's golf - Nova Southeastern (Fla.); women's lacrosse - CW Post (N.Y.) softball - Valdosta State (Ga.); women's tennis, men's tennis - Armstrong Atlantic (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.
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Standings by Conference