Lewis-Clark State is sixth in Learfield Cup standings
The Lewis-Clark State College athletic program is holding strong in the top tier of NAIA schools in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, according to the most recent edition released on Thursday. LCSC is listed at No. 6.
Having placed in three championships; fourth in men’s cross country, ninth in volleyball, and 11th in women’s cross country; LCSC has earned 201 total points. The Warriors are the highest ranked program in the NAIA to not have participated in both women’s and men’s soccer.
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.
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 men’s soccer, 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.
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.
NAIA Fall Standings – Top 25
Rank Institution Conference Points
1 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Golden State 299.00
2 Cal State San Marcos Independent 265.00
3 Concordia (Ore.) Cascade 217.00
4 Embry Riddle (Fla.) The Sun 212.00
5 Lee (Tenn.) Southern States 203.00
6 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Frontier 201.00
7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Mid-South 195.00
8 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) Chicagoland 184.00
9 Baker (Kans.) Heart of America 177.00
10 Biola (Calif.) Golden State 174.00
11 Idaho, College of Cascade 172.00
12 British Columbia (Can.) Independent 157.00
13 Texas Brownsville Red River 150.00
14 Southern Oregon Cascade 149.00
14 Westmont (Calif.) Golden State 149.00
16 Hastings (Neb.) Great Plains 143.00
17 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Golden State 134.00
18 Grand View (Iowa) Midwest Collegiate 131.50
19 Mobile (Ala.) Southern States 123.00
20 Master's (Calif.) Golden State 120.00
21 Friends (Kans.) Kansas Collegiate 117.00
22 Concordia (Calif.) Golden State 115.00
23 Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) American Mideast 113.00
24 Wayland Baptist (Tex.) Sooner 111.00
25 Oklahoma Christian Sooner 100.00