Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Olivet Nazarene Leads the NAIA LSDC Standings; GSAC With Four Institutions in the Top 10

CLEVELAND – Olivet Nazarene leads in the second set of the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall standings. The Tigers have accumulated 225 total points after placing ninth in women’s soccer and 17th in men’s soccer.

Concordia (CA) jumped from being unranked in the initial standings to the second spot with 206 points after a third place finish in women’s volleyball, a fifth place finish in women’s soccer and a ninth place finish in men’s soccer.

Lindsey Wilson is in third place with 203.5 points. The Blue Raiders finished third in both men’s and women’s soccer as well as 19th in women’s volleyball.

Embry-Riddle (FL)
currently occupies the fourth spot with 202.5 points due to a fifth place finish in women’s soccer, a ninth place finish in men’s soccer and a 19th place finish in women’s volleyball.

Rounding out the top five is Cal State San Marcos with 195 points. The Cougars placed ninth in women’s soccer and 25th in women’s volleyball.

The Golden State Athletic Conference currently has four institutions in the top 10 – Concordia (2nd), The Master’s (6th), Biola (7th) and Westmont (10th).

Five 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.); men’s soccer – Martin Methodist; women’s soccer – Concordia (Ore.); women’s volleyball – Texas Brownsville.

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 final NAIA fall standings will be released Tuesday, December 24.

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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