June 4, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A strong spring finish helped Western Washington University tie for 20th nationally among 300 NCAA Division II schools in the final 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings released Wednesday, June 4.
It is the Vikings' seventh straight Top 20 finish. They also placed sixth in 2009-10, seventh in 2010-11, 10th in 2008-09, 12th in 2012-13, 13th in 2011-12 and 20th in 2007-08.
"The consistency this program continues to show is outstanding," said WWU director of athletics Steve Card, who completed his first year in that position after 23 as associate AD. "It is a testament to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches and staff."
The Vikings finished with 489 points, 218 in the fall, 25 in the winter and 246 in the spring.
WWU's national placing was the second highest among Great Northwest Athletic Conference schools with Alaska Anchorage leading at 16th (505.50).
The Vikings were third nationally in women's rowing, 11th in women's track & field, 15th in men's track and field and 38th in men's golf. They reached the national semifinals in women's soccer and the first round at regionals in volleyball and women's basketball while being 18th at nationals in women's cross country and 20th in men's cross country.
Grand Valley State won the Division II all-sports championship. GVSU had taken eight straight titles before finishing second to Grand Canyon AZ the last two years.
WWU was the GNAC all-sports champion for the sixth straight year and for the 11th time in the 14-year history of the league. The Vikings, who also won both the men's and women's crowns, captured conference titles in women's soccer, volleyball, women's basketball, men's indoor and outdoor track & field and women's golf.
The Vikings have now had 11 straight top 50 national finishes and been among the top 100 in each of their first 16 seasons as a NCAA II member.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's NCAA finish in up to 14 sports - seven women's and seven men's.
While having success in competition, WWU student-athletes continued to be outstanding in the classroom. Using the NCAA Academic Success Rate, WWU was at 84 percent , 13 percentage points better than the NCAA II national number of 71 percent.
WWU student-athletes also were involved in the community, raising $10,000 in an American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser. Earlier this year, they raised over $2,000 from four other fundraisers - Dig Pink (volleyball), Pink Zone (women's basketball), Coaches vs. Cancer (men's basketball), and Strikeout Cancer (softball). Altogether, $57,000 has been raised over the last four years.
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