Friday, June 8, 2012

LSC Roundup 6-8

CLEVELAND – The ACU Wildcats completed another banner year in athletics competition with the announcement Wednesday that they had finished ninth in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which measure the top overall programs in collegiate athletics.

The Learfield Directors' Cup recognizes the top programs in each division of the NCAA as well as the NAIA and junior college.

ACU won four Lone Star Conference championships and three regional titles on its way to earning 584.50 points on the season. Nine of ACU's athletics programs reached the NCAA postseason with women's tennis reaching the national semifinals, while men's tennis and women's soccer advanced as far as the quarterfinals. The Wildcats' storied track and field program combined for four top-20 finishes, led by the men's fifth place finish at outdoor nationals.

However, those championships weren't enough for the Wildcats to overtake Grand Canyon (Ariz.), which topped eight-time defending champion Grand Valley State (Mich.), 925.50 to 894.00, en route to winning its first Learfield Sports Directors' Cup title.

Grand Canyon scored in the maximum 14 sports including a national championship in men's indoor track & field, third place in men's wrestling and women's golf, and fifth place finishes in women's swimming, men's swimming, women's outdoor track & field and men's tennis, sixth in women's indoor track & field and tenth in men's outdoor track & field. The Lopes also had two scores omitted due to the seven maximum allowed for women's sports - women's volleyball and women's soccer.

Grand Valley State scored in 13 sports and won both the women's outdoor track & field national championship and the women's indoor track & field national championship. The Lakers also finished second in women's soccer, third in women's cross country and sixth in women's swimming.

Ashland (Ohio), Augustana (S.D.), and Indianapolis (Ind.) rounded out the top five followed by Adams State (Colo.), UC San Diego, Chico State (Calif.) and ACU. Midwestern State was second among all Lone Star Conference schools with a 38th-place total of 343.00 points.

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