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Colorado Takes the Lead for the First Time in Three Years for the Academy Directors' Cup Race

Dec. 2, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - For the first time since November 2001, the University of Colorado has taken the lead in the Division I race for the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup.

On the strength of national championships in both women and men's cross country, Colorado has scored 200 points to open the year on top

Just 20 points behind with 180 points is Duke, with runner-up finishes in women's cross country and field hockey. They are followed by Michigan, in third with 154 points; Michigan State, fourth with 149 points; and Stanford 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 Colorado, winning a national championship was Wake Forest 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 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.