Lions Rank 20th in the DII Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

Saint Leo ranks second in the standings among all SSC schools with 316.50 points 

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University department of athletics has moved into 20th place out of 216 schools in the Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup after the final winter standings. 

The Lions, who are second among all Sunshine State Conference schools, sit in the 20th spot with a total of 316.50 points. Saint Leo recorded 155 points during the fall season and turned in 161.50 points after the recent winter season ended. 

The Lions’ men’s basketball and women’s basketball team’s earned 50 and 25 points, respectively. The men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round and the women’s team took part in it’s first-ever NCAA Tournament. The women’s swimming team earned 46.50 points and men’s swimming team tallied 40 points. Both swimming team’s also advanced to the NCAA Championships. 

Grand Valley State holds onto the lead with 718 total points, and West Texas A&M moves into second with 451.50 points after finishing second in the women’s basketball championship. 

Central Missouri jumps from No. 13 to No. 3, finishing the winter with 448 points. The Mules were National Champions in men’s basketball and advanced to the second round of the women’s basketball championship. 

Adams State is No. 4 with 425 points, and rounding out the top five is Alaska Anchorage with 397.75 points. The Seawolves finished eighth in skiing and scored points in women’s basketball. 

The University of Tampa leads all SSC schools at No. 10. Other SSC schools in the standings are: No. 26 Florida Southern, No. 38 Rollins, No. 48 Nova Southeastern, No. 166 Barry, No. 166 Florida Tech, No. 181 Lynn and No. 190 Eckerd. 

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 14 sports – seven women’s and seven men’s. 

The first Division II spring standings will be released Thursday, May 22. 

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