Olivet Nazarene Sits On Top After Final Fall NAIA Standings
Olivet Nazarene (IL) remains in the lead after the final set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall standings. The Tigers have accumulated 258.00 total points after finishing second in women’ soccer, third in women’s cross country, ninth in men’s soccer and 22nd overall in men’s cross country.
Oklahoma Baptist is still eight points behind in second overall with 250.00 points. The Bison’s highest finish came in men’s cross country, fourth. In addition, Oklahoma Baptist was fifth in volleyball, sixth in women’s cross country and 17th overall in men’s soccer.
Cal State San Marcos trails the Bison by just three points after a fourth place finish in women’s cross country, a third place result in men’s cross country, 13th overall in volleyball and 17th in women’s soccer for 247.00 total points.
In fourth with 240.00 points is Lindsey Wilson. The Blue Raiders captured the women’s soccer title, finished third in men’s soccer and 13th overall in volleyball.
Rounding out the top five is Concordia (CA) with 227.00 points overall after capturing the NAIA volleyball title. The Eagles also finished fifth in men’s soccer and 11th in women’s cross country.
All six of the NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men’s cross country – St. Francis (IL); women’s cross country – British Columbia (Can.); women’s soccer – Lindsey Wilson (KY); men’s soccer – Belhaven; volleyball – Concordia (CA); and football – Marian (Ind.).
The Cascade and Chicagoland each have two institutions in the top 10 – Cascade – College of Idaho (6th) and Concordia (OR) (7th); and Chicagoland – Olivet Nazarene (1st) and St. Francis (IL) (8th).
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 first winter NAIA standings will be released Thursday, March 7. Download release and standings (PDF)