Lions Athletics Checks-In at Highest Ranking in Program History
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Continuing its most successful season in program history, the Saint Leo Department of Athletics checks in at No. 8 on the latest Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings, it was announced Thursday.
It marks the highest ranking the Lions have achieved on the Learfield Cup Standings in program history, and is the first time the Lions have led the Sunshine State Conference in the standings.
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 national finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women’s and seven men’s.
The Lions lead the SSC, followed by Rollins in 18th with 377.50 points. Tampa sits on the Tars’ heels at 19th with 374 points, while Barry comes in at No. 34 with 323. Florida Southern (41 – 284 pts.), Nova Southeastern (52 – 250.50 pts.), Lynn (53 – 244 pts.), Florida Tech (129 – 110.75 pts.), and Eckerd (213 – 25 pts.) complete the list.
The Lions began the year ranked 16th on the November 27 standings after women’s and men’s cross country brought in 32 and 48 points, respectively, but dropped three positions to 19th despite men’s soccer adding 50 points in the December 12 standings. At the conclusion of the fall season, the Lions sat 20th overall with 155 points thanks to volleyball tacking on an additional 25 on the December 24 update.
Men’s and women’s swimming brought in 40 and 46.5 points, respectively, in the first winter season update on March 20, placing the Lions 28th overall with 241.5 combined points, and with men’s and women’s basketball contributing a combined 75 points for a winter sport total of 161.50, Saint Leo found itself ranked 21st overall on the April 3 update.
Saint Leo has continued its success throughout the spring, adding 134.5 points on the latest updated standings thanks to 51.5 points from women’s golf, and 83 points from women’s tennis. To date, the Lions have earned 451 points, vaulting them 13 spots to No. 8 overall.
The final Division II spring standings will be released Wednesday, June 4 after champions are decided in men’s golf, men’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, women’s rowing and men’s and women’s track and field. Four spring Division II championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing
titles: Lynn (women’s golf), Adelphi (women’s lacrosse), Barry (women’s tennis), and West Florida (men’s tennis).
Grand Valley State continues its lead for the Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup after the first spring standings. The Lakers lead with 844.50 total points after placing 11th in women’s golf, 30th in men’s tennis and 32nd in women’s tennis.
West Florida moves from 13th in the final winter standings into second with 563.50 points as a
result of winning the national championship in men’s tennis and finishing 17th in both women’s golf
and women’s tennis.
West Texas A&M occupies third place with 507 points. The Buffs finished 17th in women’s golf.
Drury, with 503 points, is in fourth place following a ninth place finish in men’s tennis, a 17th place
finish in women’s tennis and a 29th place finish in women’s golf. Rounding out the top five is Indianapolis with 501.50 points. The Greyhounds finished fifth in women’s golf and 17th in men’s tennis.
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