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Defending Champion Takes Over the Lead in the 2005-06 Sports Academy Directors' Cup

Dec. 8, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Grand Valley State (Mich.) has retaken the lead in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II.

The winner for the last two years, Grand Valley State scored 340 points based on winning the national championship in women's volleyball and finishing as the runner-up in women's cross country. They also placed fourth in men's cross country and fifth in women's soccer.

Moving into second place is Colorado School of Mines with 225 points, based on a fifth place finish in women's cross country, sixth in men's cross country, ninth in men's soccer and 33rd in women's volleyball. They are followed by Adams State (Colo.) and Cal State Chico, tied for third with 190 points; and Abilene Christian, in fifth with 187 points.

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 Grand Valley State, winning national championships were Adams State in women's cross country, Western State (Colo.) in men's cross country, Massachusetts Lowell in field hockey, Nebraska Omaha in women's soccer and Fort Lewis (Colo.) in men's soccer.

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 14 sports -- seven women's and seven 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.