Nov. 22, 2006
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Cleveland, Ohio - For the second year in a row, Calvin College (Mich.) is the leader after the first Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. The Knights have posted 249 points with the finish of women and men's cross country, field hockey and women's volleyball.
The Knights won the national championship in men's cross country, placed third in women's cross country and ninth in women's volleyball.
Cortland State (N.Y.) trails Calvin by 49 points, with 200 points, based on a fourth place finish in men's cross country, fifth in field hockey and a 17th place showing in women's volleyball. They are followed by Washington (Mo.) in third with 194 points, Williams (Mass.) is fourth with 188 points and New Jersey is fifth with 166 points.
These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country, field hockey and women's volleyball. In addition to Calvin winning a national title, Middlebury (Vt.) won women's cross country, Ursinus (Penn.) took first in field hockey and Juniata (Penn.) captured the women's volleyball title.
The Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is the program sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.
The next Division III standings will be released Thursday, December 7.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.