FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 12, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab
The Rock ranks fifth in NACDA national all-sports competition
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rock was ranked fifth in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup national all-sports competition as of Dec. 11, according to a press release issued by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Slippery Rock scored a total of 210 points in the fall, 102 points less than first-place Grand Valley State.
The men's soccer team led The Rock effort with a ninth-place national finish, which earned SRU 53 points. The women's soccer and women's volleyball teams each garnered 17th-place finishes and 50 points each, while the women's cross country team placed 11th nationally and earned 57 points.
Points are awarded based on an institution's national finish and are weighted according to the total number of schools participating in that particular NCAA Division II sport.
The fall sports point total is unofficial; the final fall sports standings will be released Dec. 23 after the football national champion has been crowned.
The Rock's current standing represents an improvement of 18 places over its 23rd-place standing as of Nov. 27.
Grand Valley State led the competition Dec. 11 with 312 points, followed by Massachusetts Lowell with 241, Tampa with 231, Metropolitan State with 217 and The Rock with 210.
The next highest ranking for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference institution was Shippensburg at 127 points and 18th place. Bloomsburg was tied for 19th (125 points), California and Mercyhurst were tied for 34th place (98 points), Lock Haven was in 39th place (85 points), East Stroudsburg was in 46th place (75 points), Millersville ranked 57th (70 points), Edinboro was tied for 60th place (67 points), West Chester was tied for 62nd place (64 points), and Indiana was tied for 97th place (25 points).
The final Directors' Cup standings will be determined by an institution's finish in up to 14 sports, seven men's and seven women's.
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