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Division III Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

Dec. 7, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - Calvin College holds onto its lead after the second round of Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. The Knights have posted 322 points with the finish of women and men's cross country, field hockey, women's volleyball, and most recently women and men's soccer.

The Knights won the national championship in men's cross country, placed third in women's cross country, finished fifth in women's soccer and ninth in women's volleyball.

Washington University (MO) jumped up a spot to second place in the second set of standings. The Bears currently have 283 points with a runner-up finish in volleyball, fourth in women's cross country, ninth in women's soccer, 25th in men's cross country and 33rd in men's soccer.

Trailing second place by just 10 points is Messiah College with 273. Messiah was ranked 21st after the first set of standings. The Falcons won the men's soccer title, finished runner-up in women's field hockey and were third in women's soccer.

Amherst College jumped from seventh in the first set of standings to fourth in the current rankings, just 10 points behind Messiah, with 263. The Lord Jeffs were runner-up in women's cross country, fifth in women's soccer and 17th overall in both men's soccer and women's volleyball.

The Lions of the College of New Jersey are locked in fifth for the second straight time, tallying 256 points. New Jersey finished runner-up in women's soccer, fifth in women's field hockey, eighth in men's cross country and 22nd in women's cross country.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country, field hockey women and men's soccer and women's volleyball. In addition to Calvin and Messiah winning a national titles, Middlebury (Vt.) won women's cross country, Ursinus took first in field hockey, Wheaton won women's soccer and Juniata captured the women's volleyball title.

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 sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.

The final Fall Division III standings will be released Thursday, December 21.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.