Saturday, May 27th, 2017

GVSU Lakers Captures Second Consecutive Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup; Two Conferences with Two Institutions in the Top 10

CLEVELANDGrand Valley State claims its 10th Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup and successfully defended their 2013-14 title. Grand Valley State will be honored at the 2015 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 16.

The Lakers finished with 965.50 total points, scoring in 16 sports total (7 men’s and 9 women’s). The Lakers had two women’s scores omitted due to the seven maximum allowed for both women’s and men’s sports – women’s tennis and softball. Their point total is highlighted by national championships in women’s cross country and women’s soccer.

Ashland finishes the year in second place, improving from a fifth place overall finish in the 2013-14 year. They had 720 total points scoring in 11 sports, highlighted by two third place finishes in women’s indoor track & field and men’s outdoor track & field. The Eagles concluded their spring scoring seventh in women’s outdoor track & field and 33rd in softball.

The Mules of Central Missouri finish in third place with 713 total points, just seven points shy of second place. They scored in 11 sports, including a national championship in women’s outdoor track & field, 7th in softball and 11th in men’s outdoor track & field to conclude the spring season.

In fourth are the Flyers of Lewis who scored 647.75 total points in 12 sports. They completed the spring finishing second in men’s volleyball (national collegiate),12th in women’s outdoor track & field, 30th in men’s tennis and 32nd in men’s outdoor track & field.

Completing the top five is Minnesota State Mankato with 617.50 points, scoring in 12 sports. The Mavericks earned seventh place in men’s outdoor track & field and 45th in women’s outdoor track & field.

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Great Lakes Valley Conference finish with two institutions ranked in the top 10.

All 11 spring Division II championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: baseballTampa; rowing Barry; softballDixie State; women’s outdoor track & field Central Missouri; men’s outdoor track & field Wisconsin La Crosse; men’s golfNova Southeastern;  women’s golf Indianapolis; men’s lacrosseLimestone; women’s lacrosseAdelphi; women’s tennisArmstrong State; men’s tennis Barry.

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 14 sports — seven women’s and seven 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.

About Learfield Sports: Since 1972, Learfield has developed trusted, long-term relationships with some of the most revered institutions and associations in the world of collegiate athletics. Learfield Sports currently manages the exclusive multimedia rights to nearly 100 collegiate properties in the country and has prominence in all of the major conferences. Additionally, Learfield Sports offers its university partners with licensing and trademark consulting, web solutions, concessions and hospitality services, and professional ticket sales. The 2014-15 athletic season marks the company’s seventh consecutive year to title the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. For more about its history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.

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