Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

DI and NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings Released

CLEVELAND – In the first set of fall Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, Syracuse has scored 264.50 points to lead Division I, while Oklahoma City has accumulated 173.50 points to lead the NAIA standings.

Syracuse captured both the men’s cross country and field hockey titles and came in 12th in women’s cross country.  Oklahoma City takes the early lead in NAIA by capturing the men’s cross country title and also placing sixth in women’s cross country.

In Division I, Michigan is in second place with 202.50 points (5th in field hockey, 6th in women’s cross country and 9th in men’s cross country), in third is Colorado with 180 points (2nd in both men’s and women’s cross country), Virginia is in fourth with 172 points (5th in field hockey, 15th in women’s cross country and 22nd in men’s cross country) and rounding out the top five is Stanford with 171.50 points (3rd in men’s cross country, 9th in field hockey and 14th in women’s cross country).

The Pac 12 leads all Division I conferences with four institutions in the top 10– Colorado (3rd), Stanford (5th), Oregon (6th) and Washington (9th).

In NAIA, British Columbia is in second with 165 points (2nd in women’s cross country and 5th in men’s cross country), Northwest Christian currently is in third with 158.50 points (1st in women’s cross country, 16th in men’s cross country), Indiana Wesleyan is in fourth with 148 points (3rd in men’s cross country and 13th in women’s cross country) and Carroll concludes the top 5 with 145.50 points (5th in women’s cross country and 8th in men’s cross country).

The Cascade and Golden State conferences lead all NAIA conferences in the top 10 with two institutions each – Northwest Christian (3rd) and College of Idaho (7th) from Cascade, and The Master’s (8th) and Biola (10th) from Golden State.

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 20 sports in Division I – ten men’s and ten women’s; and 12 sports in the NAIA– six women’s and six men’s.

The next Division I & NAIA fall standings will be released Wednesday, December 17.

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: In its four decades, Learfield has developed trusted, long-term relationships with some of the most revered institutions and associations in the world of collegiate athletics. Learfield Sports owns the exclusive multimedia rights to nearly 120 collegiate athletic programs in the country and has prominence in all of the major conferences. Learfield’s rights encompass all athletic department media and sponsorships components, including stadium signage and numerous content distribution platforms. Those platforms deliver the passion of college athletics over radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. Learfield’s college partners also have access to licensing and trademark consulting, concessions and hospitality services, digital platform expertise, venue signage and technology systems and professional ticket sales through its owned and operated companies. This marks the seventh consecutive year for the company to title the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. To learn more, visit www.learfieldsports.com.

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