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Defending Champion Finishes the Fall on Top of the Academy Directors' Cup Standings

Dec. 23, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Grand Valley State University (Mich.) has completed the fall season on top of the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II.

With 297 points, Grand Valley State increased its lead in the Division II race. The Lakers placed fourth in women's cross country, fifth in football, sixth in men's cross country and 17th in women's soccer and volleyball.

Edinboro (Penn.) moved into second place with 212 points, 85 points behind the leader, based on a second place finish in women's cross country, seventh in men's cross country and ninth in football. They are followed by Adams State (Colo.), in third with 190 points; and Carson Newman (Tenn.) and Lock Haven (Penn.), tied for fourth with 189 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. Winning these national championships were Adams State (Colo.) in women's cross country; Western State in men's cross country; Bloomsburg (Penn.) in women's field hockey; Valdosta State (Ga.) in football; Metropolitan State (Colo.) in women's soccer, Seattle (Wash.) in men's soccer; and Barry (Fla.) 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 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.

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