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Perennial Champion Williams Gains Top Spot in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

Nov. 24, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Williams College (Mass.), an eight-time champion, has opened the year at the top of the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division III.

Leading with a national championship in men's cross country, Williams begins the year with 216 points and have scored in all three sports completed thus far. The Ephs also placed ninth in both women's cross country and field hockey.

Just 36 points behind is the Middlebury (Vt.), with 180 points, based on runner-up finishes in both women's cross country and field hockey. They are followed by Wisconsin La Crosse, in third with 145 points; Willamette (Ore.), fourth, 138 points; and Wisconsin Stevens Point, in fifth with 127.5 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country and field hockey. In addition to Williams, winning these national championships were Calvin (Mich.) in men's cross country and Salisbury (Md.) 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 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.