Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Strong Spring Propels WBU athletics in NAIA LSDC Standings; Sooner Athletic Conference with Three Institutions in the Top Ten

CLEVELANDWayland Baptist moves into the lead for the first time this season in the spring Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.  The Pioneers captured the women’s outdoor track & field title and placed in the following sports; second in men’s outdoor track & field, fifth in men’s golf and eighth in women’s golf. They have 850 total points, 328.50 coming from spring sports.

Defending champion Oklahoma Baptist is in second with 801.50 points after placing in four spring sports; second in women’s outdoor track & field, fourth in men’s outdoor track & field, 9th in women’s tennis and 17th in men’s tennis.

Lindsey Wilson remains in the top five, currently in third with 787.50 total points. The Blue Raiders placed third in women’s tennis, fifth in men’s tennis, 16th in men’s golf, 52nd in women’s outdoor track & field and 64th in men’s outdoor track & field.

Embry Riddle (FL) jumps from 10th to fourth, making their first appearance in the top five this season. They placed in the following six sports; second in men’s tennis, fifth in women’s tennis, seventh in women’s outdoor track & field, 16th in men’s outdoor track & field, 19th in women’s golf and 23rd in men’s golf. They have 731.25 total points.

Completing the top five is Oklahoma City with 713.75 points. They placed sixth in women’s golf, eighth in men’s golf, 11th in men’s outdoor track & field and 23rd in women’s outdoor track & field.

The Sooner Athletic Conference leads all conferences with three institutions in the top 10 –Wayland Baptist (1st), Oklahoma Baptist (2nd) and Oklahoma City (5th).

Six spring NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s golf Northwood (FL); men’s golf – Coastal Georgia; women’s tennisAuburn Montgomery; men’s tennis Georgia Gwinnett; men’s track & field – Concordia (NE); women’s track & fieldWayland Baptist.

The final NAIA spring standings will be released Thursday, June 11.

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.

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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