For the fifth time in the last eight years, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s combined sports programs have placed among the top 20 in the nation, finishing 19th in the 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup NCAA Div. II competition.
The final rankings were released Wednesday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, following the conclusion of the last NCAA Spring Championships events. The annual rankings quantify the national success of all 308 NCAA Div. II programs.
UAA’s placement also marked its 11th consecutive year in the top 50 of the Directors’ Cup final standings.
With NCAA Championships appearances in eight of their 12 possible sports, the Seawolves totaled 493 points this year. Ranked 10th after the Winter Championships season, UAA added 72 points for its 7th-place finish in women’s outdoor track & field and 47 points for its 27th-place finish in men’s outdoor track & field this spring.
The Seawolves earned 230 points in their Winter sports, getting top-20 finishes from women’s indoor track & field (4th place, 80 pts), women’s basketball (regional semifinals, 64 pts), men’s and women’s skiing (8th place, 66 pts) and men’s indoor track & field (52nd, 20 pts). UAA was ranked 22nd in this year’s fall standings, thanks to top-10 NCAA Championships finishes from its women’s and men’s cross country teams.
UAA finished second in the final standings among the 11 Great Northwest Athletic Conference schools – trailing only 15th-place Simon Fraser – and was third among the 38 programs that comprise the NCAA Div. II West Region.
Grand Valley State won the 2018-19 Directors’ Cup D-II title for the 13th time in 24 years with a total of 1,004 points, while West Region program UC San Diego was runner-up with 826 points.
The Seawolves finished a school-record 8th place in 2015-16 and improved on their 42nd-place finish in last year’s Director’s Cup.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup is 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.
UAA sponsors 13 sports – two of which, men’s and women’s skiing, have a combined national meet.
2018-19 Learfield Directors’ Cup
NCAA Div. II Final Standings
(top 20 and other West Region top-100)
Rk School Conf. Points
1) Grand Valley State GLIAC 1004.00
2) UC San Diego CCAA 826.00
3) West Texas A&M LSC 730.75
4) Queens (N.C.) SAC 721.75
5) Indianapolis GLVC 707.00
6) Colorado Mines RMAC 644.00
7) Colorado Mesa RMAC 641.50
8) West Chester (PA) PSAC 640.50
9) Ashland GLIAC 583.50
10) Adams State RMAC 568.25
11) Lindenwood MIAA 564.00
12) Tampa SSC 552.00
13) Augustana (SD) NSIC 546.00
14) Barry SSC 545.50
15) Simon Fraser GNAC 541.00
16) Wingate SAC 538.00
17) Angelo State LSC 505.00
18) Florida Southern SSC 497.50
19) Alaska Anchorage GNAC 493.00
20) Azusa Pacific PacWest 486.50
41) Western Washington GNAC 352.50
48) Chico State CCAA 331.00
50) Academy of Art PacWest 327.75
63) Cal Poly Pomona CCAA 298.00
70) Seattle Pacific GNAC 284.00
92) Point Loma PacWest 239.00
96) San Francisco State CCAA 237.00