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Augustana Finishes Third in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

CLEVELAND - Placing 12 teams in NCAA postseason play propelled Augustana to a program-best third-place finish in the 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced Friday.

Augustana collected 761.5 points and was the highest-finishing Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference institution.

Grand Valley State owned the top spot for the eighth-consecutive season. The Lakers totaled 1,057.5 points in 2010-11.

Conference-neighbors Minnesota State and Winona State checked in at No. 13 and 17, respectively.

"It's been a fantastic year for Augustana Athletics,” said Director of Athletics Bill Gross. “We are so proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff for the total team effort which results in this success. Now we look forward with optimism and enthusiasm toward another great year for Augustana in 2011-12."

Augustana, which also won the U.S. Bank/NSIC All-Sports Award this season, captured seven conference crowns in 2010-11 and sent at least three teams to NCAA postseason competition in each of the year's three seasons.

The fall body of work, which accounted for 211.0 points, included NSIC titles and top-10 national finishes by both the men's and women's cross country squads. The men checked in at sixth, while the women were seventh — both program bests. The Viking football team also made its first appearance in the NCAA Playoffs since 1989. For the first time in grid history, Augustana hosted and won a playoff game, defeating Grand Valley State 38-6 on Nov. 27.

The Augustana wrestlers led the winter charge, winning a conference championship and finishing third at the NCAA Championship behind seven All-America performances. The men's and women's indoor track and field teams finished 11th and 22nd, respectively, at the NCAA Championships. The winter effort racked up 198.0 points.

Six spring squads achieved NCAA postseason berths en route to collecting 352.5 points. Women's golf, softball, women's tennis, women's track and field, men's track and field and baseball all made appearances, and all of Augustana's advancing spring women's squads were NSIC champions. The golf team finished ninth nationally, while the softball squad advanced to the Super Regional championship series. The women's tennis team moved onto the NCAA Finals site for the first time, and women's track and field registered a program-best 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The men's track and field unit was a 12th-place national finisher (also a program best), while the baseball team's selection to the Central Region Tournament was the first in school history.

The Vikings continue to experience increased success in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. Prior to last year's 11th-place finish, Augustana had not been in the top 40 since the 1996-97 season when it took 29th.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program and celebrates those programs achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. Beginning in 1993-94 for Division I by NACDA and USA Today, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA. Each institution is awarded points in a predetermined number of sports for men and women.

Augustana Learfield Sports Directors' Cup History

  • 2010-11 - 3rd
  • 2009-10 - 11th
  • 2008-09 - 47th
  • 2007-08 - 57th
  • 2006-07 - 71st
  • 2005-06 - 59th
  • 2004-05 - 76th
  • 2003-04 - 71st
  • 2002-03 - 122nd
  • 2001-02 - 76th
  • 2000-01 - 81st
  • 1999-00 - 63rd
  • 1998-99 - 64th
  • 1997-98 - 60th
  • 1996-97 - 29th
  • 1995-96 - 47th