CLEVELAND – Grand Valley State leads the first set of the Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings with 373 points. The Lakers captured two titles, women’s cross country and women’s soccer, while also earning points in women’s volleyball and men’s cross country. GVSU currently has a 54-point advantage over LIU Post after the fall sports season. Eleven GLIAC schools were ranked in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.
Malone is currently in 22nd position after both men's (9th) and women's cross country (11th) squads excelled at last weekend's NCAA National Championship meet in Louisville. Saginaw Valley State (31st) is the third GLIAC representative on the Directors' Cup standings as both soccer squads qualified for NCAAs, with the men's team finishing ninth. Ferris State ranks 39th after NCAA Tournament appearances by both their football and women's volleyball teams.
Ohio Dominican's football team made a run to the Super Region Four Championship along with an NCAA Tournament bid from their women's soccer team to sit in 48th position. Hillsdale used a runner-up finish in women's cross country to earn 90 points, which places the Chargers in the 52nd position, while Wayne State also saw success at the women's cross country meet en route to a sixth place showing and 69th in the fall standings.
Other Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools include: Ashland (78th), Michigan Tech (96th), Northwood (96th) and Tiffin (135th).
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.