Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Stanford Remains NCAA Division I Leader, Oklahoma City Captures Top Spot in NAIA Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup Standings

CLEVELAND (March 21, 2019)  Following the running of the NCAA Division I track and field championships and the completion of the rifle and skiing national collegiate championships, Stanford remains the NCAA Division I leader, while Oklahoma City moves into first in the latest NAIA Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup standings.

NCAA Division I fall leader Stanford, tightens its grip on first with a fourth-place finish in men’s track and field, accompanied by a 12th-place performance on the women’s side totaling 682.25 points. Representing the Big Ten ConferenceWisconsin improves upon its fall finish, moving into second overall with 448.00 total points from a fourth-place performance in men’s track and field and a top-25 finish (21st) from the women’s squad.

Two top-15 performances in track and field (women: 14th; men: 13th) helped BYU move into third with 438.00 points, while Penn State jumps to fourth overall with 434.50 total points. The Nittany Lions climbed into the top-five with an 11th-place finish in women’s track and field and a top-45 showing from the men. Previous number two, Michigan, slides to fifth overall with 423.00 total points led by a 47th-place finish from men’s track and field.

Oklahoma City captures the lead from Lindsey Wilson with impressive performances in competitive cheer and dance. The OCU Stars finished as runner-up in competitive cheer and followed that with a fifth-place performance in dance to capture the lead with 574.25 total points heading into the final weekend of NAIA winter championships. Lindsey Wilson with 513.00 total points, holds on to second despite not competing in the latest round of championships.

Morningside moves into the top-five with 511.00 total points led by two top-five finishes (4th – dance and 5th – DII men’s basketball) and a 17th-place showing in DII women’s basketball. The College of Idaho remains fourth overall with 484.00 total points following a third-place finish from the men’s basketball (DII) team. Indiana Wesleyan moves back into the top-five with 477.00 total points, led by two top-10 performances from the men’s and women’s (DII) basketball teams – men: 5th, women: 9th – and an 11th-place showing in competitive cheer.

At the conference level, the Big Ten and the Pac 12 are locked in a tie with three institutions each in the top-10 to lead all NCAA Division I conferences. In the NAIA, there is a four-way tie at the conference level as the CascadeGreat PlainsMid-South and Wolverine-Hoosier all have two institutions among the top-10.

The next release for NCAA Division I Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup standings will be Thursday, April 4. The next release for NAIA Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup standings will be next Thursday, March 28, following the completion of the NAIA Division I Basketball championships.

Please note the name change to the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup following the merger between Learfield and IMG College.

The Learfield IMG College 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 NCAA Championships.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the winter 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 and follow us on Twitter @ldirectorscup.

About Learfield IMG College: Learfield IMG College unlocks the value of college sports for brands, fans and universities through the representation of collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas. As a fully integrated sports marketing and solutions platform, Learfield IMG College provides access to licensing and multimedia sponsorship management, including publishing, radio, digital and social media; fan engagement, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems. The company has long had the privilege of being an advocate for intercollegiate athletics, and since 2008, has served as title sponsor of the acclaimed Directors’ Cup.

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