CLEVELAND, Ohio – Results of the 2017-18 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup were released on Thursday with Midland University placing 23rd among the 196 qualifying institutions.
The position improves upon Midland’s previous best ranking of 31 a year ago. Midland ranked fourth out of 10 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) schools this year, which also is a new high.
Midland University has now ranked in the top 50 percentile in eight of the last nine years.
The Warriors collected a total of 470.5 points over the course of the fall, winter and spring athletic seasons. Points are awarded based on finishes of a school’s teams in NAIA Postseason play with a maximum of 13 teams allowed to accrue points for a single institution.
Midland scored points in nine different categories with the dance’s third place in the NAIA Competitive Dance Championship earning the school 85 points.
Other teams placing in national tournaments and competitions, and earning points, were: volleyball, cheer, men’s wrestling, softball, men’s swimming, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, and baseball.
Among other varsity sports not factored into the Directors’ Cup, Midland excelled at this past season were women’s bowling (second at the NAIA Invitational Championship), powerlifting (National Champions at the USAPL Collegiate Championship, Raw Division), shotgun sports (third place at the ACUI National Championships, Division I).
Oklahoma City University captured its second NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup this year with a total of 847.75 points.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.
The final 2017-18 NAIA Directors’ Cup standings can be found here.