Ashland Fourth In Latest Directors' Cup Standings

Michael Labry on the awards podium at wrestling nationals (third place finisher).
Michael Labry on the awards podium at wrestling nationals (third place finisher).

            Ashland University is ranked fourth in the latest NCAA Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. These are the first set of winter standings.

            The Eagles had two top-five national finishes last weekend. Men's track and field finished third at the NCAA Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C., and women's track and field was fifth.  The wrestling team was 14th at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Both swimming teams were represented at the NCAA Championships in Geneva, Ohio. The AU men were 18th and the women were 20th.  AU collected 43 All-America honors last week.

            AU has garnered 313.50 points in the winter sports season. So far, no other school in the country can match that total.

             Ashland has finished third in the final LSDC standings each of the last two years. AU is the highest ranked private institution in the standings.

            Grand Valley State sits in first place in the LSDC standings with 718 points. Adams State is second with 425 points. Shippensburg just edged out AU for third place. The Red Raiders have 397 points and AU is next with 395.5 points. West Texas A&M is fifth with 361.5 points.

            The GLIAC, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) each have two institutions ranked in the Top 10.

            The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports – seven women's and seven men's.

            Ashland offers 19 varsity athletic programs. AU's director of athletics is Bill Goldring.

 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

Division II Winter Standings - As of  Mar. 20, 2014

Rank Institution Conference Total Points
1. Grand Valley State GLIAC 718.00
2. Adams State RMAC 425.00
3. Shippensburg PSAC 397.00
4. Ashland GLIAC 395.50
5. West Texas A&M LSC 361.50
6. Western State RMAC 344.75
7. Wingate SAC 335.50
8. West Florida GSC 333.00
9. Minnesota Duluth NSIC 325.00
10. Queens (NC) SAC 319.00