WWU finishes 32nd in Division II all-sports standings

BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University was ranked 32nd in 2006-07 U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup Division II All-Sports standings.

It is the second-highest finish in for the Vikings since they became a full Division II member for the 1999-2000 school year.

Points are awarded based on a school’s finish in regional and national competition. WWU received 392.50 points.Grand Valley State, which won the national title in football, was a runner-up in women’s soccer and finished ranked among the top 10 in 10 sports, took top honors among the 224 schools for the fourth straight year with 995.75 points.

Western won the national championship in women’s rowing for the third straight year. The Vikings were ranked 13th in women’s golf, 17th in women’s soccer and men’s indoor track, 24th in women’s track, 33rd in volleyball and women’s basketball, 37th in men’s track, 49th in softball and 61st in men’s golf.

UC San Diego (802 points) was second overall, the highest finishing school from the West Region. Only three other schools from the region ranked above Western: Chico State was 17th (470), Cal State Los Angeles was 21st (453) and GNAC rival Seattle Pacific was 26th (416).