Blue Raiders won a team national championship and individual title in 2011-12 to push into the national top five
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Lindsey Wilson claimed the No. 5 spot in the final NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced on Wednesday.
The Blue Raiders tallied 700 total points in 12 sports, including an NAIA National Championship in men's soccer, to earn a place seven spots ahead of last season's 12th-place finish.
Azusa Pacific (Calif.) won the cup with 918 points, followed by Shorter (Ga.) in second place with 856 points and Embry Riddle (Fla.) rounding out the top three with 771.5.
As for Mid-South Conference members, Lindsey Wilson led the way with Cumberlands (Ky.) as the next MSC institution on the list in 21st place. Georgetown (Ky.) was the other member in the top 50 in 45th place.
Fifth-place is the second highest mark in program history for the Blue Raiders. It is the highest finish since the 2005-06 season when they finished third.
Men's Soccer added 100 points towards Lindsey Wilson's total in the fall with its national title, wrestling led the way in the winter with 80 points after an individual championship and two runners-up, while women's tennis gave the biggest boost in the spring with 70 points after reaching the national quarterfinals.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between 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.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org.