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Simon Fraser Maintains Its Lead in the Academy Directors' Cup Race

Dec. 16, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Five-time champion Simon Fraser University (B.C.), has continued to hold onto its lead in the second update of the 2004-05 United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for the NAIA.

The champion from 1997-2000 and last year, Simon Fraser has scored in four of the five fall sports contested thus far, posting 320 points. SFU won the title in women's cross country and also placed fourth in men's cross country and fifth in both women and men's soccer.

Narrowing the gap in the lead, just 22 points behind in second place is Azusa Pacific (Calif.), which placed second last year, with 298 points, based on three fifth place finishes in women and men's cross country and men's soccer, a ninth place showing in women's soccer and 54th in women's volleyball. They are followed by Lindenwood (Mo.), in third with 263 points; Berry (Ga.), fourth with 227 points; and Concordia (Calif.), in fifth with 192 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; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), women's soccer; Lindenwood, in men's soccer; and California Baptist 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 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.