OBU Claims Third Consecutive NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup; Sooner Athletic Conference Lands Three Institutions in the Top 10
CLEVELAND – Oklahoma Baptist captures its third consecutive NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Bison will be honored at the 2015 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 16.
The Bison defended their title, finishing with 854.50 total points and scored in the maximum number of 12 sports. Propelling them to victory, Oklahoma Baptist placed in the following sports during the spring season; second in women’s outdoor track & field, fourth in men’s outdoor track and field, fifth in baseball, ninth in women’s tennis and 17th in men’s tennis. They had one score omitted due to the six maximum allowed for women’s and men’s sports – women’s soccer.
Lindsey Wilson took home second place, improving one spot from the final 2013-14 standings. They finished with 823.50 total points, scoring in the maximum 12 sports and having five scores omitted due to the six maximum allowed for women’s and men’s sports – women’s basketball, women’s outdoor track & field, men’s indoor track & field, men’s golf and men’s outdoor track & field. The Blue Raiders completed the spring season with a second place finish in softball and ninth place finish in baseball.
Finishing third are the Stars of Oklahoma City with 802.75 total points, scoring in the maximum 12 sports. They had one score omitted due to the maximum number allowed men’s sports – men’s basketball. The Stars concluded the spring finishing 11th in both baseball and softball.
Wayland Baptist, with 800 total points, finished in fourth, scoring in the maximum 12 sports and having women’s volleyball and men’s basketball scores omitted due to the six maximum allowed for women’s and men’s sports. Rounding out the top 5 is Embry Riddle (FL), with 787.25 points, scoring in the maximum 12 sports. One men’s score was omitted, men’s golf, due to the maximum number allowed for men’s sports. The Eagles concluded the spring with a fourth place finish in baseball.
The Sooner Athletic Conference leads all conferences with three institutions in the top 10 –Oklahoma Baptist (1st), Oklahoma City (3rd) and Wayland Baptist (4th).
All eight spring NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: baseball – Lewis-Clark State; softball – Auburn Montgomery; women’s golf – Northwood (FL); men’s golf – Coastal Georgia; women’s tennis – Auburn Montgomery; men’s tennis – Georgia Gwinnett; men’s track & field – Concordia (NE); women’s track & field – Wayland Baptist.
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.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring 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.
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