Friday, May 26th, 2017

British Columbia Leads NAIA #LSDC Standings; Chicagoland and Sooner conferences with Two Institutions in Top 10

CLEVELAND – British Columbia (Can.) leads the first set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall standings. The Thunderbirds have accumulated 166 total points after winning the women’s cross country title and finishing eighth in men’s cross country.

Olivet Nazarene currently occupies the second spot after a fifth place finish in women’s cross country and a sixth place result in men’s cross country, for 147 total points.

Lewis-Clark State is in third place with 143 points. The Warriors finished fourth in women’s cross country and earned a ninth place finish in the men’s race.

Oklahoma City currently occupies the fourth spot with 142 points after winning the men’s cross country championship and finishing 16th in women’s cross country. Rounding out the top five is St. Francis (Ill.) with 134 points. The Fighting Saints placed fourth in men’s cross country and 12th in women’s cross country.

The Chicagoland and Sooner conferences each have two institutions in the top 10 – Chicagoland – Olivet Nazarene (2nd) and St. Francis (Ill.) (5th); and Sooner – Oklahoma City (4th) and Oklahoma Baptist (8th).

Two of the six fall NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men’s cross country – Oklahoma City; women’s cross country – British Columbia (Can.).

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.
The next NAIA fall standings will be released Thursday, December 19.

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.

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