CLEVELAND – Boosted by NCAA Championships finishes in four sports this month, the University of Alaska Anchorage has remained among the elite programs in NCAA Div. II athletics with a current at No. 7 standing in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup competition at the conclusion of the Winter Championship season.

The latest rankings were released Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics at the two-thirds point in the 2016-17 campaign. The rankings – which quantify the national success of all 306 Div. II programs – will be finalized after the completion of the Spring Championships season in June.

“Maintaining a top-10 position in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings as we head into the Spring puts us in very elite company,” said UAA Athletic Director Keith Hackett. “Our consistently high finishes in women’s basketball, skiing and track & field are a sample of the competitive strength across our programs. I am so pleased and proud of the way all of our teams and Student-Athletes compete and represent UAA, Anchorage and the State of Alaska.”

The Seawolves earned 205 points in their Winter sports, getting top-30 finishes from women’s basketball (2nd Round, 90 pts), skiing (11th place, 57 points), women’s indoor track & field (21st, 52.5) and men’s indoor track & field (28th, 45.5).  UAA’s 440.5 total points are the program’s second-most ever at this point in the year, while this marks the third time in four seasons that the Seawolves rank in the top 10 in the Winter update.

UAA was ranked 4th in this year’s fall standings, thanks national finishes from volleyball (national runner-up, 90 pts), men’s cross country (5th, 75) and women’s cross country (8th, 70.5).

The Seawolves finished a school-record 8th place in last year’s final Director’s Cup standings.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's NCAA finish in up to 14 sports – seven women’s and seven men’s. (UAA sponsors only 13 sports – two of which, men’s and women’s skiing, have a combined national meet.)

2017 Learfield Directors’ Cup
Div. II Winter Standings – Top 10

Rk. School             Conf.  Pts
 1. Grand Valley St.   GLIAC  701.50

 2. Colorado Mines     RMAC   498.50
 3. Wingate            SAC    498.00
 4. Queens (N.C.)      SAC    492.50
 5. Cal Baptist        PWC    487.50
 6. Simon Fraser       GNAC   451.50
 7. Alaska Anchorage   GNAC   440.50
 8. Adams State        RMAC   400.00

 9. Shippensburg       PSAC   381.00
10. Colo. St.-Pueblo   RMAC   342.50

Other West Region Programs in top 100
Rk. School             Conf.  Pts
12. UC San Diego       CCAA   330.50

14. Western Washington GNAC   311.50
29. Chico State        CCAA   258.00
31. Azusa Pacific      PWC    253.25
51. Cal Poly Pomona    CCAA   189.50
61. Academy of Art     PWC    179.50
75. Central Washington GNAC   153.50
91. Fresno Pacific     PWC    130.50
100. Western Oregon    GNAC   117.75