Oskaloosa–Two high placings by the women’s golf and men’s outdoor track and field teams kept the William Penn athletics department in the top 100 as the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings were released Tuesday.
The Statesmen added 71.5 points in the spring to finish with 179.5 overall points and place 77th in the NAIA. A total of 190 NAIA institutions scored points in 2015-2016, while 248 schools comprise the association. It marks the 12th time in 15 years that WPU has been in the top 100 since joining the NAIA.
The women’s golf program’s 19th-place finish at nationals was good for 36 points, while Derek Seddon (Jr., Knoxville, Iowa, Physical Education) and his runner-up discus effort at track and field nationals assisted WPU to another 35.5 points.
Men’s basketball (70 points) and wrestling (38) also contributed to the school’s tally back in the winter.
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) took the crown with 852.75 points, while Oklahoma City (777), Wayland Baptist (Texas) (750), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (735.5), and Indiana Wesleyan (646) rounded out the top five.
William Penn ranked fifth among all Heart of America Athletic Conference institutions; Baker topped the league in 25th place with 372.75 points.
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 men’s and women’s.
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William Penn in Past Directors’ Cups
2015-2016–77th (179.5 points)
2014-2015–88th (176.5 points)
2013-2014–62nd (230 points)
2012-2013–61st (245.5 points)
2011-2012–123rd (107 points)
2010-2011–91st (150 points)
2009-2010–63rd (206 points)
2008-2009–91st (128.5 points)
2007-2008–112th (142.5 points)
2006-2007–90th (179 points)
2005-2006–Did not place (0 points)
2004-2005–65th (242.5 points)
2003-2004–54th (261 points)
2002-2003–86th (194.5 points)
2001-2002–87th (152.5 points)
Story provided by Wade Steinlage