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Stanford Starts the Year in its Familiar Spot - In the Lead in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Race

Dec. 1, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Eleven-time defending champion Stanford University has opened the 2005-06 year in the lead in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.

On the strength of a national championship in women's cross country and a sixth place finish in men's cross country, the Cardinal scored 172 points to open the year on top

Just seven points behind, with 165 points, is Colorado, with a runner-up finish in women's cross country and a fifth place finish in men's cross country. They are followed by Notre Dame, in third with 154 points; Wisconsin, fourth with 134 points; and Duke in fifth with 130 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country and field hockey. In addition to Stanford, winning national championships were Wisconsin in men's cross country and Maryland in women's 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's sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 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.