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Xavier is 56th in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings

Xavier is 56th in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings
June 17, 2013

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana was 56th, the second highest finish in XU history, in the final NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings of 2012-13.
It's the fourth time in five years that Xavier placed among the top 100. Xavier ranked 50th a year ago.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today newspaper. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports — six women's and six men's. This is the 18th year of the NAIA all-sports standings.
Xavier scored 252 points, one more than a year ago, after a tie for third place nationally in women's tennis, a tie for fifth in men's tennis, ties for 17th in men's basketball and women's basketball, 25th in women's volleyball and 31st in women's cross country and men's cross country.
Xavier was the only HBCU (historically black college or university) with a top-60 finish this season. Highest ranked HBCUs in the other divisions were Maryland Eastern Shore (148th) in NCAA I and Johnson C. Smith (66th) in NCAA II.
"It was another outstanding effort by our coaches and our student-athletes this year," XU athletics director Dennis Cousin said. "They are to be commended and thanked for the many championships and national tournament appearances they produced for Xavier. Everyone at Xavier can be proud of the continued success of our athletics program."
The top three NAIA schools were Oklahoma Baptist with 964 points, Lindsey Wilson with 797 and Concordia (Calif.) with 781.

Xavier in NAIA all-sports standings
2012-13 56th
2011-12 50th
2010-11 102nd
2009-10 83rd
2008-09 tie-92nd
2007-08 141st
2006-07 156th
2005-06 no teams (Hurricane Katrina)
2004-05 not in top 100
2003-04 86th
2002-03 tie-163rd
2001-02 tie-238th
2000-01 tie-199th
1999-2000 not in top 234
1998-99 tie-210th
1997-98 tie-194th
1996-97 164th
1995-96 146th

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