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New Leader Emerges as the Fall Season Closes in the Race for the Academy Directors' Cup

Dec. 30, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Last year's runner up, Azusa Pacific University (Calif.), has moved into the lead as the fall season comes to a close in the 2004-05 United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for the NAIA.

With a third place finish in football, Azusa Pacific moved into first with 381 points, 61 points ahead of Simon Fraser (B.C.) in second place. The Cougars also placed fifth in women and men's cross country and men's soccer, ninth in women's soccer and 54th in women's volleyball.

Simon Fraser moved to second with 320 points based on the championship in women's cross country and placements of fourth in men's cross country and fifth in women and men's soccer. They are followed by Lindenwood (Mo.), in third with 288 points; Berry (Ga.), fourth with 227 points; and Concordia (Calif.), in fifth with 192 points.

These are the final fall standings and include the sports 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 in men's cross country; Carroll (Mont.) in football; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in women's soccer; Lindenwood in men's soccer; and California Baptist 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.

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.