CLEVELAND – The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) placed two member institutions in the top three and five in the top 40 of the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. Grand Valley State University finished second with a score of 939.25 and Ashland University finished third with a score of 912.50, both being edged out by the number one institution for the second year in a row Grand Canyon (Ariz.) with a score of 945.75.
Grand Valley State finished in second, after scoring in 13 sports. The Lakers won the women’s cross country national championship; finished third in women’s soccer, baseball, softball, and women’s outdoor track & field; fourth in women’s and men’s indoor track & field; seventh in men’s cross country; 11th in men’s swimming; 13th in women’s golf; 14th in women’s swimming, 23rd in men’s golf and 27th in men’s outdoor track and field. Grand Valley State points also had two scores omitted in women’s tennis and women’s volleyball as they reached the seven maximum sports allowed for women’s sports.
“All of us at GVSU are very proud once again of our coaches and student-athletes on another high finish in the Directors’ Cup standings, the twelfth year in a row that the Lakers have finished first or second in the cup,” stated GVSU President Thomas J. Haas. “We are especially proud that two GLIAC schools, GVSU and Ashland, finished second and third respectively in the standings and offer our congratulations to the Ashland Eagles on their great season!”
Ashland finished in third with 912.50 points. The Eagles scored in 14 sports and claimed the women’s basketball national championship; placed second in men’s indoor and outdoor track and field; fifth in women’s track and field; ninth in football, men’s cross country, and women’s track and field; 12th in women’s golf and women’s swimming; 15th in men’s wrestling; 17th in women’s volleyball and baseball; and 22nd in men’s swimming.
“I am extremely proud of the Ashland University athletes who have distinguished themselves on the field, court, mats and pool to finish 3rd back to back years in the Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup,” stated Ashland University President Fredrick J. Finks. “This brings outing recognition not only to our sport teams but to the University at large.”
The GLIAC placed another five institutions in the top 40. The institutions placing in the top 40 are the University of Findlay (26th), Ferris State University (32nd), Wayne State University (39th), Saginaw Valley State University (62nd), and Lake Erie University (95th). The GLIAC also placed another six institutions in the top 200. Those institutions being, Tiffin University (116th), Northwood University (129th), Hillsdale University (132nd), Lake Superior State Univeristy (151st), Northern Michigan University (155th), and Michigan Tech University (177th). Rounding out the GLIAC institutions was Ohio Dominican University (226th).
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