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Grand Valley State Increases Its Lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

Dec. 22, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Grand Valley State (Mich.), which had taken the lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II in the last set of standings, has increased its margin to 215 points.

The winner for the last two years, the Lakers finish the fall season with 440 points, led by national championships in football and women's volleyball. They also placed second women's cross country, fourth in men's cross country and fifth in women's soccer.

Holding onto second place is Colorado School of Mines with 225 points, based on a fifth place finish in women's cross country, sixth in men's cross country, ninth in men's soccer and 33rd in women's volleyball. They are followed by Nebraska Omaha, third with 203 points; and Adams State and Cal State Chico, tied for fourth with 190 points.

These are the final fall standings and include the sports of women and men's cross country, field hockey, football, women and men's soccer and women's volleyball. In addition to Grand Valley State, winning national championships were Adams State in women's cross country, Western State (Colo.) in men's cross country, Massachusetts Lowell in field hockey, Nebraska Omaha in women's soccer and Fort Lewis (Colo.) in men's soccer.

The U.S. 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 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.

Final fall standings follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.