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Courtesy: UAA Sports Information

UAA 21st in final Director's Cup

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 06/06/2013
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CLEVELAND – With top-20 NCAA finishes in seven sports, another outstanding Seawolf sports season was capped Thursday as the University of Alaska Anchorage placed 21st in the final 2012-13 Division II national standings in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.

The Seawolves totaled 485.5 points – coming less than 10 shy of last year’s program-record 495.25 – while the No. 21 showing was also second-best behind last year’s No. 12. In 2012-13, there were 312 schools competing at the NCAA Div. II level, meaning UAA’s finish ranks among the top 7 percent this year, and among the top 10 percent for the third straight year.

This year’s ranking came on the strength of NCAA finishes in men’s cross country (3rd place, 85 points), women’s cross country (6th, 73.5), skiing (7th, 69), women’s outdoor track & field (7th, 72), women’s indoor track & field (11th, 66), men’s indoor track & field (14th, 61.5), men’s outdoor track & field (16th, 58.5).

Awarded at the Division II level since 1995-96, the 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 13 sports – two of which, men’s and women’s skiing, have a combined national meet.

Fellow West Region program Grand Canyon (Ariz.) earned its second straight Director’s Cup crown, edging Grand Valley State (Mich.) for the D-II title, 954.75 to 939.25, as the region placed four institutions among the top 25 in the final standings. Among West Region schools, UAA trailed only GCU, fellow Great Northwest Athletic Conference member Western Washington (12th) and UC San Diego (20th).

2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
NCAA Div. II Final Standings (as of June 6)
Rk. School                       Pts
 1) Grand Canyon (Ariz.)         954.75
 2) Grand Valley State (Mich.)   939.25
 3) Ashland (Ohio)               912.5
 4) Minnesota State              763.25
 5) Adams State (Colo.)          625.5
 6) Augustana (S.D.)             625
 7) Indianapolis                 610.5
 8) Shippensburg (Pa.)           584
 9) Nova Southeastern (Fla.)     552.5
10) Colorado School of Mines     546
11) California (Pa.)             532.5
12) Western Washington           526.5
13) Barry (Fla.)                 523
14) West Florida                 513.5
15) Tampa (Fla.)                 511
16) Drury (Mo.)                  508
17) Central Missouri             493.75
18) Massachusetts-Lowell         493.5
19) Armstrong Atlantic St. (Ga.) 490.5
20) UC San Diego                 486.5
21) ALASKA ANCHORAGE             485.5
22) Florida Southern             468.25
23) Lynn (Fla.)                  463.5
24) Western State (Colo.)        459
25) Rollins (Fla.)               455.25

West Region schools in top 100
 1) Grand Canyon (Ariz.)    954.75
12) Western Washington      526.5
20) UC San Diego            486.5
21) ALASKA ANCHORAGE        485.5
31) Chico State (Calif.)    408.5
36) Simon Fraser (Canada)   389
42) Academy of Art (Calif.) 371.5
57) Seattle Pacific         301
58) Cal State Stanislaus    295.5
84) Sonoma State (Calif.)   233.5
85) San Francisco State     228.5
96) Cal State Monterey Bay  209.25


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