Morningside is seventh in the Learfield Sports Director Cup fall standings.
Morningside College is in seventh place in the 2015-16 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings following the completion of the 2015 fall sport seasons.
The Mustangs have a total of 202 points to put them only 4.5 points out of sixth place behind College of Idaho. Points are awarded based on a team’s finish at the NAIA National Championship events.
The Mustangs scored 83 of their points with a third place finish in football. Morningside also scored 49 points for a 25th place finish in women’s cross country, 45 points for a 29th place finish in men’s cross country, and 25 points for a 17th place finish in women’s soccer.
Morningside leads all schools from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) with its seventh place standing. Hastings College is the only other GPAC school in the top 25 at 21st place with 142 points. Dordt was 30th, Northwestern was 77th and Briar Cliff was 84th.
Biola University is the current leader with 313 points. The rest of the top 10 includes Southern Oregon University in second place with 253.5 points, followed by Columbia College in third with 248 points, Lindsey Wilson College in fourth with 223 points, Indiana Wesleyan University in fifth with 218 points, College of Idaho in sixth with 206.5 points, Morningside in seventh with 202 points, Westmont College in eighth with 193.5 points, Campbellsville University in ninth with 185 points, and Benedictine College and Vanguard University tied for 10th with 179 points.
Morningside finished 13th in the final 2014-15 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings.
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 12 sports – six women’s and six men’s.