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Sports Academy Directors' Cup Opens the 2005-06 Year With Adams State in the Lead

Nov. 23, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - The Sports Academy Directors' Cup opens its 11th year for Division II with Adams State College (Colo.), the champion in women's cross country, taking the lead.

The 1998-99 champion, Adams State gained 190 points to take the lead in the first set of standings. They also placed second in men's cross country.

Just five points behind in second place is Western State (Colo.) with 185 points, based on the national championship in men's cross country and a third place in women's cross country. They are followed by Grand Valley State (Mich.), in third with 170 points; Cal State Chico in fourth with 165 points; and Colorado School of Mines, in fifth with 147 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country and field hockey. In addition to Adams State and Western State, winning a national championship was Massachusetts Lowell in field hockey.

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 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.

Fall sports standings to date follows. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.