Cleveland, Ohio…The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) released the final Learfield Directors' Cup standings and 11 of 13 American Midwest Conference members finished among the 199 NAIA institutions that qualified. Only three conferences had more schools than the AMC's 11 in the final standings.
Points are awarded to institutions that advance to the NAIA championships based on their national finish in up to up to 12 sports, six men and six women.
William Woods University was the top AMC school, finishing 14th nationally with 524.0 points followed by Columbia College, which finished 25th with 472.5 points and Missouri Baptist University, which finished 37th with 397.5 points.
The other AMC finishes in the Directors' Cup standings were: Lindenwood University-Belleville (51st place, 320.5 points), Park University (73rd, 232.5), Lyon College (101st, 136.5), Williams Baptist College (111th, 117.5), Freed-Hardeman University (133rd, 95.0), Hannibal-LaGrange University (t-175th, 25.0), Harris-Stowe State University (t-175th, 25.0) and Stephens College (194th, 19.0).
The Heart of America Athletic Conference, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and Southern States Athletic Conference each had 12 schools in the final Learfield Directors' Cup standings but only the SSAC had more schools finish higher than the AMC's 11.
The Learfield Directors' Cup, first awarded during the 1995-96 academic year, 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.