First winter NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings Released
CLEVELAND (March 9, 2017) – Lindsey Wilson leads in the first set of the NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup winter standings with 462.00 points. The Blue Raiders tallied a runner-up finish in wrestling, fifth place in women’s swimming and diving, eighth place in men’s swimming and diving and 28th in men’s indoor track and field.
In second place with 457.00 points is Hastings. The Broncos highest finish came at the women’s indoor track and field championship, eighth overall. In addition, Hastings finished 22nd in men’s indoor track and field and 26th overall in wrestling.
Wayland Baptist holds the third place position with 422.50 total points. Wayland Baptist scored in all five winter championships to date, including three top-six finishes – women’s indoor track and field (third), men’s indoor track and field (fifth) and men’s swimming and diving (sixth). Wayland Baptist jumped from 36th place in the final fall standings.
Biola occupies the fourth spot with 414.50 total points and its highest finish coming in women’s swimming and diving, third. The Eagles also finished 12th in the men’s swimming and diving championship and 20th in the women’s indoor track and field championship.
Olivet Nazarene jumped from 52nd overall in the final fall standings to its current fifth place ranking with 414.00 points. The Tigers have scored a winter-high 324.50 points in the winter championships after capturing both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving titles. In addition, the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams finished 13th and 14th, respectively.
The Chicagoland (Olivet Nazarene, St. Francis IL), Great Plains (Hastings and Morningside), Sooner (Wayland Baptist, Oklahoma City) and Golden State (Biola, Westmont) Conferences lead all NAIA conferences in the top 10 with two institutions each.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.
The final NAIA winter standings will be released Thursday, March 23.
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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