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Calvin Gains Top Spot in Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

Nov. 23, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Calvin College (Mich.) has unseated Williams College (Mass.), a nine-time Sports Academy Directors' champion, for the top spot in the Division III standings. Calvin's top placement marks the first time since May 2002 that a college other than Williams held the lead in the standings.

Leading with a runner-up finish in men's cross country, Calvin posted 194 points. The Knights also placed ninth in women's volleyball and 17th in women's cross country.

Just 14 points behind is Wisconsin La Crosse, with 180 points, based on the championship in men's cross country and a fourth place showing in women's cross country. They are followed by New Jersey, in third with 176 points; Tufts (Mass.), fourth with 169 points; and Washington (Mo.), in fifth with 158 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country, field hockey and women's volleyball. In addition to Wisconsin La Crosse, winning these national championships were Geneseo State (N.Y.) in men's cross country, Salisbury (Md.) in field hockey and Wisconsin Whitewater in women's volleyball.

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 sponsoring. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine 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.