CLEVELAND – Boosted by NCAA Championships finishes in three sports last month, the University of Alaska Anchorage has sprung into the top 20 of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup NCAA Div. II competition at the conclusion of the Winter Championship season, currently standing in 19th place.

The latest rankings were released Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics at the two-thirds point in the 2017-18 campaign. The rankings – which quantify the national success of all 305 Div. II programs – will be finalized after the completion of the Spring Championships season in June.

The Seawolves earned 182 points in their Winter sports, getting top-20 finishes from women’s basketball (regional semifinals, 64 pts), men’s and women’s skiing (9th place, 63 points) and women’s indoor track & field (17th, 55). UAA’s 313 total points are the second-most among 11 Great Northwest Athletic Conference programs and third-most among 38 West Region programs, while this marks the ninth straight year the Seawolves have been in the top 20 in the Winter update.

UAA was ranked 30th in this year’s fall standings, thanks national finishes from volleyball (1st Round) and women’s cross country (5th).

The Seawolves finished a school-record 8th place in 2015-16 and were 18th 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.)

2018 Learfield Directors’ Cup
Div. II Winter Standings – Top 10
Rk. School            Conf. Pts
1. Cal Baptist*       PWC 614.50
2. Grand Valley St.   GLIAC 555.75
3. Queens (N.C.)      SAC 550.00
4. Colorado Mines     RMAC 490.00
5. West Texas A&M     LSC 479.50
6. Shippensburg       PSAC 472.00
7. Findlay            GMAC 434.75
8. Wingate            SAC 426.50
9. Adams State        RMAC 401.25
10. West Chester      PSAC 388.00
*West Region program

Other West Region Programs in top 100
Rk. School             Conf. Pts
16. Simon Fraser       GNAC  339.50
19. Alaska Anchorage   GNAC  313.00
25. UC San Diego       CCAA  273.00
43. Western Oregon     GNAC  230.25
46. Azusa Pacific      PWC   222.50
60. Chico State        CCAA  174.00
65. Cal Poly Pomona    CCAA  166.50
68. Western Washington GNAC  163.00
70. Central Washington GNAC  156.50
75. Fresno Pacific     PWC   150.50