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NAU Ranked in the Top 20 in the Latest Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings

NAU's Heins Hoists the NCAA National Championship Trophy (Credit: FloTrack)
NAU's Heins Hoists the NCAA National Championship Trophy (Credit: FloTrack)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona is tied for 20th in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings. The fall sport rankings were released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield. The Lumberjacks garnered 100 points this fall after capturing the 2016 NCAA Men's Cross Country National Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 19.

The NAU men's cross country program brought the institution's first-ever NCAA Division I National Championship back to Flagstaff, including four All-American performers who finished in the top 40.

The Lumberjacks are ranked tied for second with Delaware among FCS institutions. Princeton is the highest FCS ranked school with 109 points for 16th. NAU is one of two Big Sky schools that received a ranking out of the 76 institutions on the list. Conference member Southern Utah sits in 54th place with 47 points. NAU is also the only Arizona state school in the standings.

The Learfield 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 NCAA Championships. The Directors' Cup Committee is reviewing the scoring structure for 2016-17 which will be finalized prior to the winter sports standings.