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June 24, 2013

OBU tabbed top NAIA athletic program

ORLANDO — Oklahoma Baptist has the top athletic program in the NAIA, according to the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, it was announced Friday.

The Directors' Cup measures the overall success of college athletic programs on a scoring system based on postseason success. 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 women's and six men's.

 

"This is a very exciting time for Oklahoma Baptist athletics," said Robert Davenport, OBU director of athletics. "This award speaks to the work, effort and character of our coaches, student-athletes and the university. This is a great source of pride for OBU and a day we'll long remember."

It is OBU's first Directors' Cup title. The school finished fourth last season and that was the highest the Shawnee school had finished until this year.

 

OBU finished with 964 points, holding strong in the spring after taking the lead in the winter sports.

 

OBU was second in the standings after the fall sports were completed, scoring 250 points. Men's cross country led the way with 80 points from a fourth-place finish, followed by volleyball adding 73 points for its quarterfinals appearance in the NAIA national tournament.

 

Women's cross country contributed 72 points and men's soccer was awarded 25 points for a 17th-place finish.

 

The winter sports brought OBU 453 more points as men's and women's swimming and men's and women's indoor track captured national titles at their respective meets all on the same March day.

 

Men's basketball made the NAIA second round to bring home 53 points.

 

This spring, OBU scored 90 points in both men's and women's outdoor track and field, 53 points in women's tennis, 50 in baseball and 25 in men's tennis.

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