OC finishes 8th in Directors' Cup in final year in NAIA

OC senior Silas Kisorio (left), shown receiving the Most Outstanding Performer at this spring’s NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, was one of many standout student-athletes who helped the university finish eighth in the final NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.

CLEVELAND (June 13, 2012) – Oklahoma Christian finished eighth in the final NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings for the 2011-12 school year, the third straight year in which OC’s athletic program landed in the top 10.

The Directors’ Cup measures the overall strength of an institution’s athletic program. OC was eighth in the standings for the NAIA in 2009-10 and 10th in 2010-11. This past school year was OC’s last in the NAIA, as the university has applied for NCAA Division II membership for the 2012-13 school year.

“We are proud of the eighth place finish in the Directors’ Cup standings,” OC Athletic Director Curtis Janz said. “Oklahoma Christian now has three consecutive top-10 Directors’ Cup finishes and that is a testament to the hard work, commitment and vision of the student-athletes, coaches and administration of OC.

“The strength of the athletic department is in the people. We have coaches who have committed their lives to Oklahoma Christian and we have student-athletes who compete at a very high level in athletic competition, in the classroom and to improve their lives spiritually and socially.”

This spring, OC posted the most successful spring of any NAIA athletic program, recording 455.5 points in the Directors’ Cup standings, 3.5 more than Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and 29 more than Shorter (Ga.). During the spring, OC won a national championship in men’s tennis and posted a second-place finish in men’s golf, a semifinal (third-place) finish in women’s tennis, a sixth-place finish in women’s golf, a 10th-place finish in men’s outdoor track and field and a 30th-place finish in women’s outdoor track and field.

OC recorded 642.75 points during the academic year, as men’s cross country (which won the 2011 national title), men’s basketball (which reached the NAIA Division I tournament) and men’s indoor track and field (which finished 13th at the national meet) also recorded points for the university.

OC had been seventh in the most recent Directors’ Cup standings, but Concordia (Calif.) moved ahead of OC with 666.5 points, thanks to points it recorded in baseball this spring.

Azusa Pacific (Calif.) won the Directors’ Cup with 918 points, followed by Shorter (856), Embry-Riddle (771.5), Oklahoma Baptist (765.25) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (700). Fresno Pacific (Calif.) had 681.5 points to finish sixth, followed by Concordia, OC, Wayland Baptist (Texas) with 603 and Concordia (Ore.) with 594.25.

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 were awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 12 sports – six women’s and six men’s.