Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Oklahoma Baptist Jumps On Top After First Winter NAIA

CLEVELANDOklahoma Baptist claimed the lead after the first set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup winter standings. The Bison placed in four of the five winter championships so far, claiming four championships in one day, sweeping in men’s and women’s swimming and men’s and women’s indoor track and field for 650.00 overall points.

Olivet Nazarene (IL) slips down one with 530.50 total points, 272.50 this winter. The Tigers finished third in men’s swimming, fourth in women’s swimming, 13th in men’s indoor track and field and 28th in women’s indoor track and field.

Concordia (CA) climbed two spots after a second place finish in men’s swimming, a fifth place result in women’s swimming, 32nd overall in men’s indoor track and field and 33rd in women’s indoor track and field for 474.50 total points, 247.50 coming from the winter championships.

In fourth with 455.00 total points is Lindsey Wilson. The Blue Raiders finished fifth in men’s wrestling, 10th in men’s swimming, 11th in women’s swimming and 25th in women’s indoor track and field.

Rounding out the top five is Morningside (Iowa) with 454.75 total points, just .25 points behind fourth place. The Mustangs placed ninth in men’s indoor track and field, 10th in women’s swimming, 11th in men’s swimming, 12th in men’s wrestling and 17th in women’s indoor track and field.

Five of nine NAIA winter championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men’s swimming – Oklahoma Baptist; women’s swimming – Oklahoma Baptist; men’s indoor track and field – Oklahoma Baptist; women’s indoor track and field – Oklahoma Baptist; and wrestling – Grand View (Iowa).

Four conferences, the Cascade, Golden State, Great Plains and Mid-South, have two institutions in the top 10.

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 winter NAIA standings will be released Thursday, March 21.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.

About Learfield Sports: A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for 40 years, the company has titled the acclaimed Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup for five consecutive years. Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences and associations, and is deeply integrated in collegiate ticket sales. The company’s multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. Today, Learfield Sports’ exclusive sports programming reaches more than 50 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming on more than 1,000 radio stations. To learn more its history and collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.

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