Oklahoma Baptist Captures Second NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup; Sooner Athletic Conference Lands Three Institutions in the Top 10
CLEVELAND (June 10,2014) – Oklahoma Baptist claims its second consecutive NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Bison will be honored today at the 2014 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon.
Oklahoma Baptist finished with 907.50 points and scored in the maximum 12 sports, including national championships in both women’s and men’s swimming & diving and women’s indoor track & field, second in women’s outdoor track & field, fourth in men’s indoor track & field and baseball, seventh in women’s cross country, ninth in women’s tennis, 10th in men’s golf and men’s outdoor track & field, 11th in softball and 14th in men’s cross country. The Bison had three scores omitted due to the six maximum allowed for women’s and men’s sports – men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball.
Oklahoma City finished as the runner-up for the title with 763.25 points. The Stars scored in 11 total sports and finished the spring with a 3rd place finish in softball while also scoring points in baseball. This marks Oklahoma City’s second time finishing as the runner-up.
Lindsey Wilson took home third place with 756 points. The Blue Raiders scored in all 12 sports, including fifth in softball. Lindsey Wilson’s best finishes for the season were third place in men’s and women’s soccer and women’s tennis.
Embry Riddle (Fla.), with 748.50 points, finished in fourth place. The Eagles scored in the maximum 12 sports and had two scores omitted due to the six maximum allowed for women’s and men’s sports –men’s basketball and men’s cross country. Embry Riddle’s best scores came from second place finishes in both men’s and women’s tennis.
Rounding out the top five is Olivet Nazarene with 741.75 points. The Tigers scored in 12 sports, including ninth in softball. Olivet Nazarene also finished fifth last year.
The Sooner Athletic Conference finished with three institutions ranked in the top 10 – Oklahoma Baptist (1st), Oklahoma City (2nd) and Wayland Baptist (6th).
All eight spring NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: baseball – Cumberland (Tenn.); softball – Auburn Montgomery; women’s golf – Oklahoma City; men’s golf – Coastal Georgia; women’s tennis – Georgia Gwinnett; men’s tennis – Georgia Gwinnett; men’s track & field – Indiana Tech; women’s track & field – Indiana Tech.
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.
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