Cascade Conference crowds first Learfield spring standings

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LA GRANDE, Ore. – With the 2011-12 academic year almost complete, the first Spring Learfield Standings have been released, and several Cascade Collegiate Conference teams made the list.

The conference has Concordia (10th overall – 594.25 points), The College of Idaho (20th overall – 434.00 points), Southern Oregon (26th overall – 379.50 points), Eastern Oregon (27th overall – 377.25 points), Oregon Tech (69th overall – 171.50 points), Northwest Christian (108th overall – 118.50 points), Northwest (113th overall – 111.00 points), and Corban (136th overall – 75 points).

Each of the nine schools except Northwest earned points during the spring season, as Concordia tallied a conference-leading 222.50 points thanks to a runner-up finish in women’s track & field, fourth place showing in men’s track & field, and 12th place finish in women’s golf.

The College of Idaho is the lone CCC school that will move up in the final Learfield Cup Standings, as the Coyotes will earn points thanks to their showing at the Avista-NAIA World Series.

Seven-time defending Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup champions Azusa Pacific are currently sitting in first place with a combined 1,054.00 points followed by Shorter (Ga.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Embry-Riddle (Fla.), and Oklahoma Baptist to round out the Top 5 teams.

Among the conferences in the NAIA, the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) has six teams ranked in the Top 25 that includes Azusa Pacific, Fresno Pacific (6th), Concordia-Irvine (8th), Biola (12th), Westmont (17th), and Point Loma Nazarene (21st). The GSAC and Sooner Conference each have three teams ranked inside the Top 10.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The final NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings will be released Wednesday, June 13.