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Simon Fraser Takes The Early Lead In The United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Race

Cleveland, Ohio - Four-time champion Simon Fraser University (B.C.) opens the 2003-04 season at the top of the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for the NAIA.

The champion from 1997-2000, Simon Fraser posted 299 points and scored in all four sports contested thus far. SFU won the title in women's cross country and also placed third in men's cross country, ninth in women's soccer and 17th in men's soccer.

Just 82 points behind in second place is Azusa Pacific (Calif.), which placed third last year, with 217 points, based on a fifth place finish in women's soccer and sixth place showings in women and men's cross country. They are followed by Malone (Ohio), in third with 194 points; Concordia (Calif.), fourth with 176 points; and Berry (Ga.) in fifth with 175 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country and women and men's soccer. In addition to Simon Fraser, winning these national championships were Minot State (N.D.), men's cross country; Westmont (Cal.), women's soccer; and Rio Grande (Ohio), in men's soccer.

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 12 sports - six women's and six 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.