FSU Athletics 15th In Final Fall All-Sports Rankings

FSU Athletics 15th In Final Fall All-Sports Rankings

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department has wrapped up the fall season ranked 15th nationally of nearly 300 NCAA Division II institutions in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the fall 2012-13 campaign.

FSU compiled 165 total points in the fall season by virtue of a 13th-place national finish in men's cross country and a 22nd-place performance in women's cross country along with a trip to the NCAA Division II women's volleyball national tournament. 

The men's cross country finish provided 63 points while the women's runners earned 52 points in the all-sports race.  FSU volleyball claimed 50 points in advancing to the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Semifinals.

Ferris State is listed among four Great lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member schools in the national top 20 after the fall season, including second-place Grand Valley State, #11 Ashland and #19 Saginaw Valley State.

Last year, Ferris State concluded the 2011-12 campaign with a school-best 15th-place national combined finish at the end of the year, which included the fall, winter and spring seasons. FSU compiled 514.50 points overall last campaign, which was also the school's highest point production since the standings were implemented.

In the final fall Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, the Colorado School of Mines tallied 333.50 points in finishing first.  GVSU was second with 280 points followed by Tampa (Fla.) with 253 points in the top three overall.

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. 

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.

Besides placing 15th nationally a year ago, Ferris State placed third in the final 2011-12 GLIAC President's Trophy Standings as the Bulldogs secured a top-five finish for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.  It was the program's highest finish since the 2007-08 season when FSU also was third among all league schools.

The 2012-13 athletics season marks Learfield Sports' fifth year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly four decades, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate properties, including flagship Mizzou, which it has represented since 1975.

An operating unit of Learfield Communications, the company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide and creates nearly 7,000 radio game broadcasts and coaches’ shows each year. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships also feature comprehensive corporate sponsorship platforms, official university publications, Internet, digital media, hospitality and game-day events.

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