Azusa Pacific Increases its Lead|
Dec. 29, 2005
Cleveland, Ohio - Azusa Pacific University (Calif.), defending U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup champion, has increased is lead to 75 points as the fall season comes to a close.
The Cougars added an additional 25 points based on its ninth place finish in football to close the season with 362 points. Azusa Pacific, which scored in every fall sport, was the runner-up in men's soccer and placed fifth in men's cross country and women's soccer, ninth in women's volleyball and 18th in women's cross country.
They are followed by six-time champion Simon Fraser with 287 points. SFU won the title in women's cross country and placed third in women's soccer, ninth in men's soccer and 13th in men's cross country. In third place with 250 points is two-time champion Lindenwood. They are followed by Graceland (Iowa), in fourth with 198 points; and Lee (Tenn.), in fifth with 193 points.
These are the final fall standings and include the sports of women and men's cross country, football, 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; Carroll (Mont.), football; Martin Methodist (Tenn.), women's soccer; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in men's soccer; and California Baptist in women's volleyball.
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 12 sports - six women's and six 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.