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Azusa Pacific Tops Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

December 15, 2011
Story courtesy of NACDA

CLEVELAND -Azusa Pacific (Calif.) moved into first place in the 2011-12 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings. The Cougars earned a third-place finish in women’s soccer, a fifth-place finish in volleyball and ninth-place finish in field hockey, combined with an earlier second-place finish in women’s cross country for 299 total points.

Cal State San Marcos is in second place with 265 total points. The Cougars placed in all five championships; first in women’s cross country, second in men’s cross country, 17th in both women’s and men’s soccer and 25th in volleyball.

In third place with 217 total points is Concordia (Ore.). The Cavaliers recorded a second-place finish in women’s soccer, eighth place in women’s cross country, 17th in volleyball and 19th in men’s cross country.

In fourth is Embry Riddle (Fla.) with 212 points after taking fifth in both women’s soccer and volleyball, 17th in men’s soccer, 24th in women’s cross country and 28th in men’s cross country. Occupying the fifth spot is Lee (Tenn.), with 203 total points. The Flames finished first in women’s soccer, third in volleyball and 27th in women’s cross country.

Five of the six fall NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men’s cross country – Oklahoma Christian; women’s cross country – Cal State San Marcos; women’s soccer – Lee; men’s soccer – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); volleyball – Texas at Brownsville.

The Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) each have two institutions in the top 10. Azusa Pacific (first) and Biola (ninth) represent the GSAC, while Concordia (third) and College of Idaho (10th) hail from the CCC.

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.

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website. The final fall NAIA standings will be released Dec. 22. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.