Oklahoma City Captures NAIA Learfield Directors' Cup Title
CLEVELAND – Oklahoma City captured its 2nd NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup in 2018, after claiming its first ever last year. Oklahoma City, including Williams who captured the Division III Cup, will be honored at the 2018 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 30.
For the 2017-18 year, the Learfield Directors’ Cup scoring was updated for the first time in recent history. The maximum amount of sports counted has increased by one and is now 13. Men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s soccer are the four sports that must be counted for each institution. Additionally, up to 9 other scores may be counted, regardless of gender, in the final score. For a complete release of this announcement, click here.
Oklahoma City scored in the maximum 13 sports allotted, having four scores omitted (M indoor T&F, wrestling, women’s golf and M outdoor T&F), finishing the year with 847.75 total points. The Stars recorded its lone National Championship in men’s golf, had a pair of runner-up finishes and 10 top 10 finishes overall. This is the third straight year Oklahoma City has finished in the top-three of the standings.
Lindsey Wilson finished second overall this year, recording 846.00 total points, a mere 1.75 points off first. The Blue Raiders scored in the maximum 13 sports allotted, having four scores omitted (W soccer, W indoor T&F, W golf and softball). The Blue Raiders captured one national championship (W volleyball) and had 10 top 10 finishes. This is the eighth runner- up finished for Lindsey Wilson.
Wayland Baptist finished third overall with 814.00 total points after three national championships (M SOC, MW In T&F), one runner up finish and nine top 10 finishes. Wayland Baptist has finished in the top-four the past four years.
Keiser scored 779.25 total points to finish fourth overall. The Seahawks scored in the maximum 13 sports, having two scores omitted (W soccer and baseball), and tallying one national championship (M SWIM), two runner-up finishes and eight total top 10 finishes. This is the second straight year that Keiser has finished in the top-four.
Rounding out the top five is Indiana Wesleyan with 686.75 total points, scoring in 13 sports and having three scores omitted (baseball, men’s tennis and W outdoor T&F), including one national championship (M basketball Div. II) and five top 10 finishes. This is the second time in three years that Indiana Wesleyan has finished in the top-five.
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