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Simon Fraser Maintains Its Lead In the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Race

Dec. 18, 2003

Cleveland, Ohio - Four-time champion Simon Fraser University (B.C.), has continued to hold onto its lead in the second update of the 2003-04 United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for the NAIA.

The champion from 1997-2000, Simon Fraser has scored in four of the five fall sports contested thus far, posting 299 points. SFU won the title in women's cross country and also placed third in men's cross country, ninth in women's soccer and 17th in men's soccer.

Just 82 points behind in second place is Azusa Pacific (Calif.), which placed third last year, with 217 points, based on a fifth place finish in women's soccer and sixth place showings in women and men's cross country. They are followed by Malone (Ohio), in third with 194 points; and Biola (Calif.) and Fresno Pacific (Calif.), tied for fourth 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 Minot State (N.D.), men's cross country; Westmont (Calif.), women's soccer; Rio Grande (Ohio), in men's soccer; and Fresno Pacific 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. 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.