CLEVELAND, Ohio – For the second year in a row, the University of Alaska Anchorage's combined sports programs have placed among the top 10 percent in the nation, finishing 18th in the 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup NCAA Div. II competition.

The final rankings were released Thursday 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 306 NCAA Div. II programs.

With NCAA Championships appearances in nine of their 12 possible sports, the Seawolves totaled 512 points in this year's final Cup standings, the second-most in program history behind last season, when UAA finished a program-best No. 8 with 570.5 points. This also marks UAA's fifth top-25 placement in the past six seasons and ninth consecutive top-50 placement.

Ranked No. 7 after the Winter Championships season, UAA added 71.5 points from their respective NCAA finishes in men's (13th) and women's (62nd) outdoor track & field – the Seawolves' lone Spring sports. UAA was among five West Region teams in the top 20, along with No. 2 Cal Baptist, No. 4 UC San Diego, No. 9 Chico State, No. 11 Western Washington and No. 15 Simon Fraser. Grand Valley State (Mich.) easily won its fourth straight and 12th D-II Directors' Cup title overall with 1,020 points.

“Along with winning the GNAC All-Sports Trophy, this year's top-20 finish in the Learfield Directors' Cup is another significant accomplishment for Seawolf Athletics,” said UAA Athletic Director Keith Hackett. “Our student-athletes and coaches continue to represent UAA and our city and state in a very positive way. As we conclude this year of competition, I congratulate all of our teams for the successes they have had in their sports, but more importantly for the way they compete in the classroom as well."

The Seawolves earned 205 points in their Winter sports behind top-33 finishes from women's basketball (2nd Round, 50 pts), skiing (11th place, 57), women's indoor track & field (21st, 52.5) and men's indoor track & field (28th, 45.5), while they were ranked No. 4 overall after the Fall standings, thanks national finishes from volleyball (national runner-up, 90), men's cross country (5th, 75) and women's cross country (8th, 70.5).

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.

2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup
NCAA Div. II Final Standings
(Top 20 and other West Region schools in top 100)
 Rk School                     Conf.  Points
 1) Grand Valley State (Mich.) GLIAC  1020.00
 2) Cal Baptist                PacWest 750.25
 3) West Florida               GSC     641.00
 4) UC San Diego               CCAA    637.00
 5) Queens (N.C.)              SAC     618.00
 6) Lindenwood (Mo.)           MIAA    578.00
 7) West Texas A&M             LSC     566.50
 8) Minnesota State            NSIC    559.75
 9) Chico State (Calif.)       CCAA    551.50
10) Adams State (Colo.)        RMAC    543.50
11) Western Washington         GNAC    540.50
12) Wingate (N.C.)             SAC     537.00
13) Shippensburg (Pa.)         PSAC    523.00
14) Colorado Mines             RMAC    520.50
15) Simon Fraser (B.C.)        GNAC    515.00
16) Florida Southern           SSC     514.00
17) Indianapolis (Ind.)        GLVC    513.00
18) Alaska Anchorage           GNAC    512.00
19) Adelphi (N.Y.)             NE10    509.00
20) Central Missouri           MIAA    504.75
45) Azusa Pacific              PacWest 376.25
58) Academy of Art (Calif.)    PacWest 318.50
71) Cal Poly Pomona            CCAA    263.50
89) Hawaii Pacific             PacWest 231.00

Complete Standings: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/nacda/sports/directorscup/auto_pdf/2016-17/misc_non_event/June8FinalDII.pdf

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

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