Dec. 23, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Western Washington University is ranked No.9 nationally in the 2013-14 Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings following completion of eight fall sports.
The Vikings have a total of 218 points, the best fall total in school history. They tied for third in women's soccer (83), placed 18th in women's cross country (56) and 20th in men's cross country (54) and tied for 33rd in volleyball (25)
WWU is the top Great Northwest Athletic Conference school, with Alaska Anchorage 15th (177), Simon Fraser tied for 20th (155), and Seattle Pacific tied for 31st (128).
Last year, the Vikings placed 12th nationally in the overall standings among 300 DII schools. It was their fifth straight Top 15 finish. They finished sixth in 2009-10, seventh in 2010-11, 10th in 2008-09 and 13th in 2011-12.
WWU has had 10 straight top 50 national finishes and been among the top 100 in each of its first 15 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.