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Three Former Champions in the Top Three Spots in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

Dec. 15, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Three former champions - Azusa Pacific University (Calif.), Simon Fraser University (B.C.) and Lindenwood University (Mo.) hold the first three places in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for the NAIA.

Defending champion Azusa Pacific has moved into the lead with 337 points and has scored in all five sports contested thus far. The Cougars were the runner-up in men's soccer and placed fifth in men's cross country and women's soccer, ninth in women's volleyball and 18th in women's cross country.

They are followed by six-time champion Simon Fraser with 287 points. SFU won the title in women's cross country and placed third in women's soccer, ninth in men's soccer and 13th in men's cross country. In third place with 250 points is two-time champion Lindenwood. They are followed by Lee (Tenn.), in fourth with 193 points; and Concordia (Calif.) and Indiana Wesleyan, tied for fifth with 190 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country, women and men's soccer and women's volleyball. In addition to Simon Fraser, winning these national championships were Virginia Intermont, men's cross country; Martin Methodist (Tenn.), women's soccer; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in men's soccer; and California Baptist in women's volleyball.

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 12 sports - six women's and six 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.