6/6/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University has placed third in the final 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. These are the national all-sports standings. This is the second consecutive year AU has been third in the country and it’s the sixth straight year the school has finished in the nation’s Top 10.
AU ended the winter sports season in first place. Grand Canyon (Ariz.) ends the year as the national leader with 954.75 points. Grand Valley State finished second with 939.25 points and Ashland claimed third place with 912.50 points. Minnesota State-Mankato piled up 763.25 points to finish fourth and Adams State is fifth with 625.50 points.
During the spring season, the AU baseball, softball, women’s golf and track and field teams all advanced to the postseason. The men’s track and field team finished second in the country. That team was also second at indoor nationals. The softball team advanced to the regional tournament and won two games. The baseball team won once at the Midwest Regional Tournament. The women’s golf team reached the NCAA Championships for the second time in school history.
This year was unlike any other in AU sports history. In addition to the men’s track team’s two national runner-up finishes, the women’s basketball team won the first national championship in the program’s history. The football team won its first GLIAC championship, ended the regular season undefeated and advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. All told, 16 Ashland teams were represented in NCAA postseason play. In addition to the football team, women’s basketball, men’s outdoor track and field and baseball won conference championships.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###