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Perennial Champion Williams Retains Lead in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

Dec. 11, 2003

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CLEVELAND - Williams College (Mass.), a seven-time champion, has continued to maintain its lead in the Division III United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.

With 359 points, the Ephs' hold a 77.5 point lead. Williams has placed fourth in women's cross country, fifth in field hockey, fifth in women's volleyball, sixth in men's cross country and ninth in men's soccer.

Holding onto second place is New Jersey with 281.5 points, based on third place finishes in field hockey and women's soccer, ninth in women's cross country and 12th in men's soccer. Rounding out the top five are Wisconsin-Stevens Point, in third with 225 points; Wisconsin-LaCrosse, in fourth with 222 points; and Wartburg (Iowa), in fifth with 212 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. Winning these national championships were Middlebury (Vt.) in women's cross country, Calvin (Mich.) in men's cross country, Salisbury (Md.) in field hockey, SUNY-Oneonta in women's soccer, Trinity (Tex.) in men's soccer and Washington (Mo.) 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. 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.