June 6, 2013
Assistant Executive Director
GRAND CANYON (ARIZ.) TAKES TOP SPOT IN FINAL 2012-13 DIVISION II #LSDC
CLEVELAND- For the second year in a row, the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup has been claimed by Grand Canyon (Ariz.); edging Grand Valley State (Mich.) by a close score of 954.75 - 939.25. This is the Lopes second straight Learfield Sports Directors' Cup title.
Grand Canyon will be honored at the 2013 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup luncheon sponsored by United States Olympic Committee, on Friday, June 14.
Grand Canyon scored in the maximum 14 sports, including third place in women's indoor track & field; fourth in men's swimming and men's outdoor track & field; fifth in baseball and women's golf; sixth in women's outdoor track & field; ninth in men's soccer and wrestling; 10th in men's indoor track & field and men's golf; 11th in women's swimming; and 17th in women's volleyball, women's basketball and women's tennis. The Lopes had two scores omitted due to the seven maximum allowed for women's and men's sports - softball and men's basketball.
Grand Valley State (Mich.) finished in second, after scoring in 13 sports. The Lakers won the women's cross country national championship; third in women's soccer, baseball, softball and women's outdoor track & field; fourth in women's and men's indoor track & field; seventh in men's cross country; 11th in men's swimming; 13th in women's golf; 14th in women's swimming; 23rd in men's golf and 27th in men's outdoor track & field. Grand Valley State points also had two scores omitted in women's tennis and women's volleyball as they reached the seven maximum sports allowed for women's sports.
Ashland (Ohio) finished in third with 912.50 points. The Eagles scored in 14 sports and claimed the women's basketball national championship.
In fourth place with 763.25 total points is Minnesota State Mankato. The Mavericks scored in 12 sports with their highest finish coming in baseball (second place).
Adams State (Co.) rounds out the top five with 625.50 total points. The Grizzlies scored in nine sports and claimed the men's cross country national championship.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference placed two institutions in the top five, Grand Valley State (2nd) and Ashland (3rd). The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference placed two institutions in the top ten, Minnesota State Mankato (4th) and Augustana (SD) (6th); and Adams State (CO) (5th) and Colorado School of Mines (10th).
The following institutions capturing spring national titles: men's outdoor track & field - Saint Augustine's (NC); women's outdoor track & field - Academy of Art (CA); baseball - Tampa (FL); women's rowing - Nova Southeastern (FL); men's lacrosse - Le Moyne (NY); men's golf - Barry (FL); softball -Central Oklahoma.
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 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.
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About Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU offers degree programs for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in seven colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Theology, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. The University's curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit www.gcu.edu.