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United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Opens with Adams State in the Lead



Nov. 24, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - The United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup opens its 12th year with Adams State College (Colo.), the champion in women's cross country, taking the lead in Division II.

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 15 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 Edinboro (Penn.), in third with 159 points; and Cal State Chico and defending champion Grand Valley State (Mich.), tied for fourth with 152 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 Bloomsburg (Penn.) in field hockey.

The United States 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 in its first year sponsoring the program. 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.