CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Lake Erie College Department of Athletics capped arguably the most successful year in Storm athletics with its highest finish in the Learfield Sports Division II Directors’ Cup final standings released Thursday (June 6). Lake Erie ranked 95th overall, accumulating 212 total points.
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. Schools are only awarded for NCAA national tournament or championship finishes.
Lake Erie scored points in the spring in men’s track and field and men’s lacrosse. With a 17th-place finish in outdoor track and field, the Storm garnered 56 points. The lacrosse team’s fifth-place finish was good for 25 points. The Storm picked up 131 points in the winter for top-30 finishes in men’s indoor track and field, men’s swimming and wrestling.
Among schools in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), Lake Erie ranked seventh of the 16 league programs.
Grand Canyon University won its second straight Directors’ Cup, finishing just ahead of two GLIAC members, Grand Valley State University and Ashland University. A total of 254 schools were ranked. There are 282 schools that compete at the Division II level.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org.
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