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Grand Valley State Moves Into The Lead for the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup

Dec. 11, 2003

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CLEVELAND - Grand Valley State University (Mich.) vaulted into the lead in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II.

With 269 points, Grand Valley State moved from sixth to first place, with a third place finish in women's cross country and women's volleyball, ninth in women's soccer and 14th in men's cross country.

Just 19 points behind in second place is California State-Chico with 250 points, based on a second place finish in men's soccer and fourth place showings in women and men's cross country. They are followed by UC-San Diego, in third with 244 points; Adams State (Colo.), fourth with 200 points; and Massachusetts-Lowell in fifth with 185 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country, women and men's soccer and women's volleyball. Winning these national championships were Adams State in women and men's cross country, Kennesaw State (Ga.) in women's soccer, Lynn (Fla.) in men's soccer and North Alabama 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 14 sports -- seven women's and seven 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.