Oklahoma Baptist University Leads NAIA Learfield Sports Standings
May 29, 2014
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup measures the overall success of college athletic departments at every level. OBU won the award last year for the first time.
The scoring system is based on each school’s finish in the national championships of each sport and the top six men’s and women’s finishes from each school are combined for a total score.
Through May 29, OBU leads this year’s standings with 868.5 points, followed by Olivet Nazarene at 764.25. Embry-Riddle is third at 758.5, Lindsey Wilson is fourth at 712 and Oklahoma City rounds out the top five at 655.25.
Softball and Baseball will be added to the final standings and released June 10.
Based on last season’s scoring system, it is expected that OBU will win its second consecutive crystal trophy with 903.5 points. The Bison baseball team will add its unofficial 83 points and softball an unofficial 53 points, raising the team total by 35 points as two other OBU teams’ scores will be replaced with the higher numbers.
In the current standings, the Sooner Athletic Conference is well-represented. In addition to OBU and OCU, Wayland Baptist is ranked sixth at 648.5, Northwood is 67th at 184.5, St. Gregory’s is 82nd at 153.5, Texas Wesleyan is 87th at 148, John Brown is 102nd at 108, and USAO and Southwestern Assemblies of God are tied for 164th at 25.
Oklahoma City and St. Gregory’s also will gain points for in the final rankings.