California Baptist Captures the Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup Title|
June 14, 2018
CLEVELAND – California Baptist has captured its first Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup after a runner-up finish last year. The winning institutions, including Stanford (Division I), Williams (Division III) and Oklahoma City (NAIA), will be honored at the 2018 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 30.
With the updated scoring system, all scores are counted for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and women’s volleyball. Additionally, only up to 11 other of the highest scores are included in the final score. The Lancers tallied 905.00 total points, having one score omitted (women’s soccer) and scoring in 14 total sports, including a pair of runner-up finishes in men’s swimming and women’s golf.
GVSU has finished second in the final standings, recording 834.75 total points and scoring in 12 total sports, including eight top 10 finishes. This is the 17th straight year that Grand Valley has finished either first or second in the standings.
West Texas A&M finished in third after scoring in 12 total sports, recording 772.50 total points, including a national championship in women’s indoor track and field, along with five additional top 10 finishes. This is the fourth time in five years that the Buffalo have finished in the top-five of the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings.
Saint Leo ends the year in fourth place with 695.25 total points, scoring in 12 total sports with its highest finish coming in men’s lacrosse (2nd) and a third place finish in softball. For the second time in three years, the Lions have finished in the top-five.
Rounding out the top five is Florida Southern with 673.25 total points, including a pair of runner-up finishes in women’s volleyball and women’s lacrosse. This is the Mocs highest finish since 1998-99 when they finished fourth in the standings.
The Learfield 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 NCAA Championships.
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