June 8, 2017
CLEVELAND -- Grand Valley State captured its 12th Division II Learfield Directors' Cup, while Oklahoma City took home its first-ever Directors' Cup in 2017. Stanford continues its lead in the Division I standings. The winning institutions, including Williams who captured the Division III Cup, will be honored at the 2017 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Directors' Cup Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 14.
The Lakers tallied 1020.00 total points, scoring in the maximum 14 sports, including a national championship in women's cross country and four runner-up finishes. GVSU had two scores omitted due to the seven maximum allowed for women's (softball and tennis). California Baptist has finished in the top-five in the final standings, recording 750.25 total points and scoring in the maximum 14 total sports, including four top 10 finishes. West Florida scored in 10 total sports, recording 641.00 total points, including a national championship in men's tennis and six total top 10 finishes. UC San Diego ends the year in fourth place with 637.00 total points, scoring in 11 total sports with its highest finish coming in baseball (2nd). Rounding out the top five is Queens (NC) with 618.00 total points, capturing both the men's and women's swimming and diving championship.
Oklahoma City scored in the maximum 12 sports 12 (six men's/six women's sports), having one score omitted on the women's side and two scores omitted on the men's side, finishing the year with 982.00 total points. The Stars recorded four national championships and 11 top 10 finishes overall. Lindsey Wilson finished second overall this year, recording 805.00 total points, tallying two runner-up finishes and 10 top 10 finishes. Keiser scored 705.25 total points to finish third overall. The Seahawks scored in the maximum 12 sports, having one men's score omitted and tallying eight top 10 finishes. Wayland Baptist captured the women's outdoor track and field title and finished fourth overall with 690.00 total points. Rounding out the top five is William Carey with 656.00 total points, scoring in 12 total sports, including a third place showing in baseball.
Stanford continues to lead in Division I with 1556.75 total points, after a second place finish in women's tennis, a third place finish in women's golf, a sixth place finish in women's rowing, a ninth place finish in men's tennis and a 20th place finish in men's golf. Ohio State remains in second place with 1376.75 points, thanks to second place finish in men's lacrosse, a pair of third place finishes in both the men's and women's tennis tournaments, a pair of fifth place finishes in women's golf and rowing, and also scoring in both men's golf and softball. Third through fifth places are separated by a mere 40.75 points. In third place is Michigan with 1144.75 total points. The Wolverines notched a third place finish in women's rowing, while also scoring in both the men's and women's tennis and golf championships and softball. Not far behind in fourth place is USC with 1112.75 total points. The Trojans made a one spot jump after a third place finish in women's golf, a pair of fifth place finishes in men's golf and women's lacrosse, and also scored in both the men's and women's tennis tournaments (ninth and 33rd, respectively). Rounding out the top five is North Carolina with 1104.00 total points. The Tar Heels made a three spot jump to land in the top five after a second place finish in men's tennis, fifth place finish in women's lacrosse, a pair of ninth place finishes in women's golf and men's lacrosse and a pair of top-20 finishes in men's golf and softball.
The Pac-12 leads all Division I conferences with four institutions in the top-10 -- Stanford (1st), USC (4th), UCLA (6th) and California (9th).
The Learfield Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.
The final Division I standings will be released Wednesday, June 14.
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