CLEVELAND, Ohio – For the 11th year in a row, the University of Alaska Anchorage ranks among the top 30 programs in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup NCAA Div. II standings following the Fall Championships season, putting the Seawolves among the top 10 percent of all Div. II institutions.
The latest rankings – which feature UAA at No. 22 – were released recently by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, marking the one-third point in the 2018-19 campaign. The annual all-sport competition – which quantifies the national success of all 308 NCAA Div. II programs – is updated after the Winter Championships season in April, and finalized following the Spring Championships in June.
With 144 points, the Seawolves also stand fifth in the Directors’ Cup among the 36 D-II West Region programs, with points coming from their top-10 finishes in women’s cross country (6th, 73.5 pts) and men’s cross country (8th, 70.5 pts). Colorado School of Mines leads the national standings with 340 points, followed by Grand Valley State (315) and fellow Great Northwest Athletic Conference member Western Washington (256).
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 13 sports – two of which, men’s and women’s skiing, have a combined national meet.