Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Strong Spring Surges Embry-Riddle in NAIA LSDC Standings; Sooner Athletic Conference with Three Top 10 Institutions

CLEVELAND (May 29, 2104) – Oklahoma Baptist increases its lead for the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup after the first spring standings. The Bison lead with 891 total points after placing second in both men’s & women’s track & field, ninth in women’s tennis and 10th in men’s golf.

Embry-Riddle (Fla.) moves from 13th in the final winter standings into second with 742 points as a result of finishing second in both men’s & women’s tennis, 11th in women’s golf, 16th in men’s golf and 18th in both men’s & women’s track & field.

Olivet Nazarene is in third place with 698.50 points. The Tigers finished 17th in men’s tennis, 18th in women’s golf, 29th in men’s track & field and 53rd in women’s track & field.

Lindsey Wilson, with 691 points, is in fourth place following a third place finish in women’s tennis, a fifth place finish in men’s tennis, a 20th place finish in men’s golf and a 40th place finish in women’s track & field.

Rounding out the top five is Wayland Baptist with 638.50 points. The Pioneers finished fourth in men’s track & field, eighth in women’s track & field and 14th in men’s golf.

The Sooner Athletic Conference has three institutions ranked in the top 10. Oklahoma Baptist is first, Wayland Baptist is fifth and Oklahoma City is 10th. Six spring NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s golfOklahoma City; men’s golfCoastal Georgia; women’s tennisGeorgia Gwinnett; men’s tennisGeorgia Gwinnett; men’s track & fieldIndiana Tech; women’s track & fieldIndiana Tech.

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 spring standings will be released Tuesday, June 10.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring 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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