Monday, October 16th, 2017

DI and NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings Released

CLEVELAND – In the first set of spring Learfield Directors’ Cup standings for Division I and NAIA, Stanford remains in control of first place in the Division I standings, while Olivet Nazarene surges into first place in the NAIA standings by accumulating 263 points in the spring thus far.

Stanford added a national championship in women’s tennis, two runner-up finishes in women’s golf and national collegiate women’s water polo, along with three top-10 finishes in women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing and men’s tennis. Olivet Nazarene moves up to capture the overall lead by getting top-10 finishes in men’s track and field, along with men’s and women’s tennis. The Tigers scored in women’s golf and women’s track and field to accumulate a total of 801 total points.

In Division I, Ohio State remains in 2nd behind The Cardinal as the Buckeyes captured the national title in national collegiate men’s volleyball, the runner up trophy in women’s rowing, 5th in both men’s and women’s tennis and also scored in women’s golf. In 3rd is Michigan with a total of 1,104 total points. The Wolverines had top-10 finishes in national collegiate women’s water polo, women’s rowing and women’s tennis, and also scoring in men’s tennis and women’s golf. No one has had a better spring so far than USC who has totaled 504.75 points this season alone. The Trojans captured two national titles in national collegiate beach volleyball and women’s water polo, while also having top-10 finishes in women’s golf, women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis, and scoring in women’s tennis and women’s rowing. North Carolina rounds out the top-five this week as it captured national titles in both men’s and women’s lacrosse, had top-10 finishes in men’s and women’s tennis and scored in women’s golf.

The Division I top-10 is comprised of four Pac 12 institutions – Stanford (1st), USC (4th) UCLA (6th) and California (10th).

In NAIA, Lindsey Wilson is on the heels of Olivet Nazarene and is in 2nd with a total of 799.75 points. The Blue Raiders had top-five finishes in men’s and women’s tennis and scored in men’s and women’s track and field. Wayland Baptist has accumulated 775 total points by having top-10 finishes in men’s golf and men’s track and field, along with scoring in women’s golf and women’s track and field. Oklahoma City is in 4th after capturing the national title in men’s golf, collecting a top-10 finish in women’s golf and scoring in men’s and women’s track and field. Biola has dropped from the top spot to no. 5 overall after adding a top-10 finish in women’s track and field.

The Sooner and Crossroads Conferences lead all NAIA conferences in the top-10 with two institutions each – Wayland Baptist (3rd) and Oklahoma City (4th) from the Sooner Conference and from the Crossroads, Indiana Wesleyan (8th) and Marian (9th).

The Learfield 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 20 sports in Division I – 10 men’s and 10 women’s; and 12 sports in the NAIA – six women’s and six men’s.

The final NAIA standings and the next Division I spring standings will be released Tuesday, June 14.

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: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; licensing and trademark consulting; digital platform expertise; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies. For more about Learfield’s history, businesses and career opportunities, visit www.learfieldsports.com.

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