SOU again places 50th in NAIA Director's Cup

The Southern Oregon athletic department placed 50th in the final standings of the annual NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.

The 50th place finish is out of 195 NAIA athletic departments that scored points at NAIA national championships.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports — six women's and six men's.

SOU's ranking was thanks in part to national championship appearances by wrestling, volleyball, cross country and track and field.

The SOU wrestling team finished second at the national championships and the men's cross country team finished third.

This year marks the second straight year that the Raiders have finished 50th in the country. The back-to-back top 50 rankings are a huge improvement on the previous two years. In 2006-07, the Raiders finished 100th and in 2007-08 the department finished 92nd.

This marks just the second time since 1996-97 that SOU has had consecutive years with top 50 rankings. Previously, SOU ran off three straight years in the top 50 with a 47th place finish in 2000-01, a 22nd place finish in 2001-02 and a 33rd place finish in 2002-03.

Azusa Pacific won the NAIA Directors Cup title.

Concordia was the top Cascade Conference team in the standings with a 13th-place finish. Other Cascade Conference teams included College of Idaho (38th), Eastern Oregon (45th), Oregon Tech (126th), Warner Pacific (145th) and Evergreen State (172nd).

Corban, Northwest Christian and Northwest did not have any teams compete at the NAIA national championships this past year.

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