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Michigan Increases Its Lead In The United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Race

Dec. 18, 2003

Cleveland, Ohio - For the first time in the program's 11-year history, the University of Michigan is in first place in the United States Sports Academy Division I Directors' Cup standings for two consecutive updates.

In the lead by 26 points following the first fall update, Michigan has increased that margin to 122 points. The Wolverines have scored in all five sports contested thus far, for 363 points. They placed third in field hockey, fourth in women's cross country, fifth in men's soccer and ninth in men's cross country and women's soccer.

In second place with 241 points, is the inaugural champions, North Carolina. The Tar Heels won the title in women's soccer, placed eighth in women's cross country, ninth in field hockey and 17th in men's soccer. They are followed by UCLA and Stanford, tied for third with 225 points; and Wake Forest, fifth with 207 points.

These standings are based upon the completion of women and men's cross country, field hockey and women and men's soccer. In addition to North Carolina, winning these national championships were Stanford in women and men's cross country, Wake Forest in field hockey and Indiana in men's soccer.

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 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 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.