Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Azusa Pacific maintains lead in NAIA Directors’ Cup standings

CLEVELAND – Azusa Pacific (Calif.) holds onto first place in the 2011-12 Spring NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings with 1054.00 total points. The Cougars placed second in men’s track & field, third in women’s track & field, third in men’s tennis, fifth in women’s tennis and ninth in softball.

Shorter (Ga.) is in second place with 853.00 total points. The Hawks claimed the softball and men’s track & field national championships, finished fifth in women’s golf, sixth in women’s track & field and ninth in women’s tennis.

In third place with 745.00 total points is Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). The Blue Raiders finished fifth in women’s tennis, ninth in men’s tennis, 15th in women’s track & field, 18th in softball and 45th in men’s track & field.

In fourth is Embry Riddle Aeronautical (Fla.) with 733.50 total points after finishing second in women’s tennis, third in men’s tennis and golf, fourth in women’s track & field and 24th in men’s track & field. The Eagles added 388.00 points to date this spring.

Occupying the fifth spot is Oklahoma Baptist with 715.25 total points. The Bison won the women’s track & field national championship and finished seventh in men’s track & field.

Seven spring NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s golf – British Columbia (Can.); women’s outdoor track & field – Oklahoma Baptist; women’s tennis – Auburn Montgomery (Ala..); men’s tennis – Oklahoma Christian; softball – Shorter (Ga.); men’s outdoor track & field – Shorter (Ga.); men’s golf – Oklahoma City.

The Golden State and Sooner conferences each have three institutions in the top 10: Golden State – Azusa (1st), Fresno Pacific (6th), Concordia (8th); Sooner – Oklahoma Baptist (5th), Oklahoma Christian (7th), Wayland Baptist (9th).

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 12 sports — six women’s and six men’s.

The final NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings will be released Wednesday, June 13.

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