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Florida Southern #11 in Current Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

In the first spring standings released by NACDA (the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics), Florida Southern is ranked #11 in the all-sports competition among Division II programs from across the country. Florida Southern is the highest ranked team from the Sunshine State Conference, which has four of the top 21 programs overall. Grand Valley State is the leader, with a wide margin over second-place Grand Canyon.

Officially called the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, the competition awards points to schools for their advancement in NCAA postseason play. The top seven finishes for each gender from each school are used to determine the standings. That means no more than 14 sports can accumulate points for any given school, though the 14 sports may vary from one school to another.

Florida Southern earned points in women's golf, men's golf, women's tennis and men's tennis among the spring sports. Only those sports that have concluded their national championship season are included in the May 26 standings, with baseball, softball, men's and women's track & field, women's rowing, and men's lacrosse still to be factored into the total. No school scored points in all five of the spring sports that have so far finished their seasons, and Florida Southern was one of only four schools that earned points in four of them. The others were Drury (MO), Rollins and Flagler.

Women's golf was the big winner for the Moccasins, finishing third at the Division II National Championships to earn 85 of Florida Southern's 140 points in the spring. The men's and women's tennis teams each earned 25 points, and men's golf picked up five. Overall, including fall and winter sports, Florida Southern scored a total of 456.0 points to surpass its total of 450 last year.

Schools earn 100 points for winning a national championship, and 90 for finishing as national runner-up. Point values diminish from there, but when a tie occurs, the average of the places the teams occupy is taken, and given to all of the teams that are tied for that spot.

Grand Valley State (MI) leads the race with 916.5 points, with Grand Canyon in second with 598. Abilene Christian with 575, Drury with 563.75, and Central Missouri with 563.5, round out the top-five.

In addition to Florida Southern in 11th place, the Sunshine State Conference also has Rollins in 15th place with 385 points, Tampa in 18th place with 357, and Barry in 21st with 337. Lynn is 38th, followed by Nova Southeastern in 63rd and Florida Tech in 65th.

Florida Southern finished 23rd in the standings last year, with its highest finish coming in 1999 and 2000. The Moccasins were fourth in each of those two years, following a 5th-place finish in 1998.

Grand Valley State has won the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup each of the last seven years.

The final standings are scheduled to be released on June 17.

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