AZUSA, Calif. -- Led by its women’s track & field program’s third NAIA championship, Azusa Pacific added a trio of top-10 national finishes to extend its lead in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.
The women’s track & field title was the 37th NAIA championship claimed by Azusa Pacific, and it gave the Cougars a 100-point boost in Directors’ Cup points. A fifth-place finish in women’s swimming & diving netted 75 points, and men’s track & field claimed ninth place for another 69 points.
Azusa Pacific’s current winter points total is 244, giving the Cougars 603 points for the year after posting 359 points in the fall. Azusa Pacific, which enjoyed the largest fall lead ever for an NAIA school with a 94-point margin, has extended that lead to 149 points over the second-place spot. That place is currently held by Oklahoma Baptist, which scored 360 points in four winter championships, claiming the men’s swimming & diving title, runner-up finishes in women’s swimming & diving and track & field, and a fourth-place showing in men’s track & field.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup program awards points based on an institution’s finish in up to 12 NAIA championship sports (six women’s and six men’s). The next set of standings will conclude the winter championship season and will include points for the men’s and women’s basketball championships. The final winter standings will be announced on Thursday, March 22.