WWU Vikings

Vikings 36th in final Directors’ Cup standings

Finishing in the top 50 for the 12th straight year, Western Washington University was 36th among 300 NCAA Division II schools in the final 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.

The Vikings totaled 402 points, 202.50 in the fall, 81.0 in the winter and 118.50 in the spring.

WWU, which has had 14 top 50 national finishes in the 17-year history of the all-sports award, was among the top 20 in each of the previous seven years. The school’s highest finishes were sixth in 2009-10 and seventh in 2010-11.

In 2014-15, the Vikings were 12th nationally in both women’s cross country and women’s outdoor track & field, 13th in men’s cross country, 23rd in men’s outdoor track & field, 28th in men’s indoor track & field, and 36th in women’s indoor track & field. They reached the second round at nationals in women's soccer and the first round at regionals in volleyball, and got to regionals in men’s golf for the 17th straight year.

WWU's national placing was the third highest among Great Northwest Athletic Conference schools with Simon Fraser 26th (467.0) and Alaska Anchorage 34th (415.50).

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 NCAA finish in up to 14 sports - seven women's and seven men's.

Grand Valley State won Division II all-sports championship for the 10th time in 2014-15.

WWU was the GNAC all-sports champion for the seventh straight year and for the 11th time in the 14-year history of the league. The Vikings also extended their title streak in the conference men's all-sports standings to seven and in the women's all-sports standings to five.

While having success in competition, WWU student-athletes continued to be outstanding in the classroom. Using the NCAA Academic Success Rate, WWU was at 86 percent, 15 percentage points better than the NCAA II national number of 71 percent.