CLEVELAND (June 12) – For the fifth time in the last eight years, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s combined sports programs have placed among the top 20 in the nation, finishing 19th in the 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup NCAA Div. II competition.

 

The final rankings were released Wednesday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, following the conclusion of the last NCAA Spring Championships events. The annual rankings quantify the national success of all 308 NCAA Div. II programs.

UAA’s placement also marked its 11th consecutive year in the top 50 of the Directors’ Cup final standings.

 

With NCAA Championships appearances in eight of their 12 possible sports, the Seawolves totaled 493 points this year. Ranked 10th after the Winter Championships season, UAA added 72 points for its 7th-place finish in women’s outdoor track & field and 47 points for its 27th-place finish in men’s outdoor track & field this spring.

The Seawolves earned 230 points in their Winter sports, getting top-20 finishes from women’s indoor track & field (4th place, 80 pts), women’s basketball (regional semifinals, 64 pts), men’s and women’s skiing (8th place, 66 pts) and men’s indoor track & field (52nd, 20 pts). UAA was ranked 22nd in this year’s fall standings, thanks to top-10 NCAA Championships finishes from its women’s and men’s cross country teams.

UAA finished second in the final standings among the 11 Great Northwest Athletic Conference schools – trailing only 15th-place Simon Fraser – and was third among the 38 programs that comprise the NCAA Div. II West Region.

Grand Valley State won the 2018-19 Directors’ Cup D-II title for the 13th time in 24 years with a total of 1,004 points, while West Region program UC San Diego was runner-up with 826 points.

The Seawolves finished a school-record 8th place in 2015-16 and improved on their 42nd-place finish in last year’s Director’s Cup.

The Learfield 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 13 sports – two of which, men’s and women’s skiing, have a combined national meet.


2018-19 Learfield Directors’ Cup
NCAA Div. II Final Standings
(top 20 and other West Region top-100)
 Rk School              Conf.   Points
 1) Grand Valley State  GLIAC  1004.00
 2) UC San Diego        CCAA    826.00
 3) West Texas A&M      LSC     730.75
 4) Queens (N.C.)       SAC     721.75
 5) Indianapolis        GLVC    707.00
 6) Colorado Mines      RMAC    644.00
 7) Colorado Mesa       RMAC    641.50
 8) West Chester (PA)   PSAC    640.50
 9) Ashland             GLIAC   583.50
10) Adams State         RMAC    568.25
11) Lindenwood          MIAA    564.00
12) Tampa               SSC     552.00
13) Augustana (SD)      NSIC    546.00
14) Barry               SSC     545.50
15) Simon Fraser        GNAC    541.00
16) Wingate             SAC     538.00
17) Angelo State        LSC     505.00
18) Florida Southern    SSC     497.50
19) Alaska Anchorage    GNAC    493.00
20) Azusa Pacific       PacWest 486.50

41) Western Washington  GNAC    352.50
48) Chico State         CCAA    331.00
50) Academy of Art      PacWest 327.75
63) Cal Poly Pomona     CCAA    298.00
70) Seattle Pacific     GNAC    284.00
92) Point Loma          PacWest 239.00
96) San Francisco State CCAA    237.00

Complete Standings: https://nacda.com/documents/2019/6/11//DIIJune12Overall.pdf?id=3665

UAA all-time Learfield Directors’ Cup finishes
Year    Place  Points

1995-96    73   132.5

1996-97    68    41.5

1997-98   117    40

1998-99   121    40

1999-00   110    86

2000-01   172    56

2001-02   135    94

2002-03   121    117

2003-04   140    97

2004-05   101*   *

2005-06    78   188

2006-07    92   205.5

2007-08    51   305

2008-09    45   344.5

2009-10    46   345.5

2010-11    26   404

2011-12    16   495.25

2012-13    21   485.5

2013-14    16   505.5

2014-15    34   415.5

2015-16     8   570.5

2016-17    18   512
2017-18    42   382.75
2018-19    19   493

 

*Standings only show through 100th place (no total points shown)