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Williams Increases Its Lead in the Academy Directors' Cup Standings

Dec. 9, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio -- Williams College (Mass.), an eight-time champion, has dramatically increased its lead lead in the Division III United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.

Leading by 36 points at the first set of fall standings, the Ephs have now increased its lead to 146. Williams has scored 412 points, led by its championship in women's cross country, fifth place showings in men's soccer and women's volleyball; ninth place showings in men's cross country and women's field hockey; and a 17th place finish in women's soccer.

Moving into second place is Messiah (Penn.) with 266 points, based the national title in men's soccer and third place finishes in women's field hockey and soccer. Rounding out the top five are Washington (Mo.), in third with 248 points; Middlebury (Vt.), in fourth with 244 points; and Wisconsin La Crosse, in fifth with 218 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 Williams and Messiah, winning these national championships were Calvin (Mich.) in men's cross country; Salisbury (Md.) in field hockey; Wheaton (Ill.) in women's soccer; and Juniata (Penn.) in women's volleyball.

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 18 sports -- nine women's and nine 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.