DI and NAIA Directors’ Cup Standings Released
CLEVELAND (March 23, 2017) – In the first set of winter Division I and final set of NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Stanford extends its lead in Division I by accumulating a total of 744.25 points, while Lindsey Wilson remains in first in the NAIA with 532.00 points.
Stanford added 239.75 points to its overall score by capturing the women’s swimming and diving title, a 10th place finish in women’s indoor track and field, 24th place in wrestling and 49th place in men’s track and field. Lindsey Wilson added to its lead in part to a fifth place finish in women’s basketball.
In Division I, Wisconsin moved up two spots and is in second with 572.00 points, 248.00 of which have come in the winter (2nd place in National Collegiate women’s ice hockey, 13th in wrestling, 15th in women’s swimming and diving, 52nd in women’s and 58th in men’s indoor track and field, respectively). In third is Michigan with 540.25 points after a 10th place finish in wrestling, 11th in women’s swimming and diving, 14th in women’s indoor track and field and 22nd in men’s track and field. Penn State is in fourth with 532.75 points after winning the men’s wrestling championship, a 10th place finish in women’s indoor track and field and also scoring in both women’s swimming and diving and men’s indoor track and field. Rounding out the top five is USC with 492.00 points (4th place in women’s indoor track and field, 9th place in women’s swimming and diving, and 21st place in men’s indoor track and field).
The Big 10 leads all Division I conferences with four institutions in the top-10 – Wisconsin (2nd), Michigan (3rd), Penn State (4th) and Ohio State (8th).
In NAIA, Oklahoma City moved up four spots to second with 501.50 points, after winning the women’s NAIA Division I basketball championship and a 17th place finish in the men’s NAIA Division I basketball tournament. Hastings dropped down a place to third with 482.00 points, after a 17th place finish in the women’s NAIA Division II basketball tournament. Eastern Oregon made a four spot leap to fourth with 479.00 points, thanks to a fifth place finish in the women’s NAIA Division II basketball tournament and a ninth place finish in the men’s tournament. Biola rounds out the top five with 464.50 points after a 17th place finish in both the women’s and men’s NAIA Division I basketball tournaments.
The Sooner, Great Plains, Golden State and Chicagoland Conferences lead all NAIA conferences in the top 10 with two institutions each – Oklahoma City (2nd) and Wayland Baptist (7th) from the Sooner, Hastings (3rd) and Morningside (9th) from the Great Plains, Biola (5th) and Westmont (6th) from the Golden State and from the Chicagoland, Olivet Nazarene (8th) and St. Francis (IL) (10th).
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.
The next Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, April 6.
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/ldirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @ldirectorscup.
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