June 13, 2012
CLEVELAND - Azusa Pacific (Calif.) has claimed the top spot in the final NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Cougars tallied 918.00 total points in 12 sports en route to their eighth straight Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. Azusa Pacific won the women's indoor track & field national championship, came in second in women's cross country and men's track & field, and third in women's soccer, men's tennis and women's outdoor track & field.
Asuza Pacific will be honored at the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Luncheon on Tuesday, June 26 at the 47th annual NACDA Convention in Dallas, Texas.
Shorter (Ga.) finished in second place with 856.00 total points. The Hawks scored in 12 sports and claimed the softball and men's track & field national championships. This is Shorter's highest Directors' Cup finish.
Finishing in third place is Embry Riddle Aeronautical (Fla.) with 771.50 total points with its highest finish coming in women's tennis, second. The Eagles added 452.00 points this spring.
Ending the year in fourth place is Oklahoma Baptist with 765.25 total points. The Bison scored in 10 sports and claimed the men's swimming & diving and women's outdoor track & field championships.
Rounding out the top five for 2011-12 is Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) with 700.00 total points. The Blue Raiders scored in 12 sports and claimed the men's soccer national championship
The following institutions won spring NAIA titles: baseball - Tennessee Wesleyan; women's golf - British Columbia (Can.); women's outdoor track & field - Oklahoma Baptist; women's tennis - Auburn Montgomery (Ala..); men's tennis - Oklahoma Christian; softball - Shorter (Ga.); men's outdoor track & field - Shorter (Ga.); men's golf - Oklahoma City.
The Golden State and Sooner conferences each have three institutions in the top 10: Golden State - Azusa (1st), Fresno Pacific (6th), Concordia (7th); Sooner - Oklahoma Baptist (4th), Oklahoma Christian (8th), Wayland Baptist (9th).
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.
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.
About Learfield Sports: The 2011-12 athletics season marks its fourth year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly four decades, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate properties, including flagship Mizzou, which it has represented since 1975. An operating unit of Learfield Communications, the company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide and creates nearly 7,000 radio game broadcasts and coaches' shows each year. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships also feature comprehensive corporate sponsorship platforms, official university publications, Internet, digital media, hospitality and game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports' expertise, its history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.
Standings by Conference