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New Leader For The First Time In Two Years For The United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Race

December 4, 2003

Cleveland, Ohio - For the first time since November 2001, there is a new leader in the Division I race for the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup.

The University of Michigan has dethroned nine-time champion Stanford at the top of the standings. Michigan has scored 226 points and placed third in field hockey, fourth in women's cross country and ninth in men's cross country.

Just 26 points behind with 200 points is Stanford, with national titles in both women and men's cross country. They are followed by Colorado, in third with 147 points; and North Carolina State and Wake Forest, tied for fourth with 132 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country and field hockey. In addition to Stanford, 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. Each national champion receives 100 points.

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.