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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University Athletics Department has picked up right where it left off a year ago as the Bulldogs are presently ranked 15th nationally of nearly 300 NCAA Division II institutions in the initial Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for the 2012-13 campaign.
FSU has compiled 115 total points to date this 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. The men's finish provided 63 points while the women earned 52 points in the all-sports race.
Ferris State is listed second of four Great lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member schools that have scored points on a national basis this fall.
Last year, Ferris State concluded the 2011-12 campaign with a school-best 15th-place national finish. FSU compiled 514.50 points overall last campaign, which was also the school's highest point production since the standings were implemented.
In the first set of fall Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, Adams State
(Colo.) has scored a high of 185.00 points, capturing the men’s cross country title and finishing third in the women’s title race. Grand Valley State is in second with 172.00 total points after winning the women’s cross country title and finishing seventh overall in the men’s championship race.
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.
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