Azusa Pacific extended its lead to nearly 200 points as the Cougars continue to sit atop the NAIA Directors’ Cup standings through the winter sports season.
By virtue of its national championship in women’s basketball captured earlier this week and other top 5 finishes in women’s swimming & diving and men’s and women’s indoor track & field earlier this month, Azusa Pacific pushed its Directors’ Cup tally to 691.5 points as the race heads into the spring sports season.
The 6-time reigning Cup champion, Azusa Pacific tallied 390.5 points during the 7-sport winter season, including an additional 53 points for a ninth-place finish by men’s basketball.
Lindenwood (Mo.), the 2002 and 2003 Cup champion, is currently second with 499.5 points.
Azusa Pacific’s 691.5 points are the most ever tallied by a school through the fall and winter sports seasons, and the Cougars’ 192-point cushion over Lindenwood is the largest advantage any school has ever enjoyed heading into the spring sports season.
While the Cougars are gunning for an unprecedented seventh consecutive Directors’ Cup, they can also take aim at the all-time NAIA scoring record of 978.3 tallied by the 2006-07 Cougars on their way to the Directors’ Cup title.
Again Azusa Pacific leads a parade of Golden State Athletic Conference schools near the top of the current Directors’ Cup standings. The Cougars are 1 of 5 GSAC schools in the top 11. Biola is currently third with 459.5 points, followed by California Baptist in fifth (411), Fresno Pacific in seventh (387.5) and Concordia in 11th (331). No other conference has more than 2 members ranked among the 19.
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