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December 5, 2013

NAU Ranks 25th in First Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

CURRENT LEARFIELD CUP STANDINGS

CLEVELAND, Ohio – To date, three fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women's cross country – Providence; men's cross country – Colorado; field hockey - Connecticut.

In the first set of fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, Northern Arizona ranks 25th following the men's cross country team's runner-up finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Led by three All-American performances by sophomore Futsum Zienasellassie (fourth), junior Matt McElroy (25th) and senior Brian Shrader (28th), the Lumberjacks finished second at the national meet behind Colorado, who currently leads the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.

NAU is tied for 25th in the standings with 90 points with in-state rival Arizona and Iowa State. The Lumberjacks are one of two Big Sky institutions currently ranked with Weber State coming in at 55th.

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 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's.

The next Division I fall standings will be released Thursday, December 19.