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July 6, 2011

SACRAMENTO STATE RANKED ATOP THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE IN FINAL DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS

Final Directors' Cup standings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After a successful 2010-11 campaign, the Sacramento State athletics program was ranked ahead of 226 Div. I institutions in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup final standings.

Of the 345 Div. I athletic institutions, Sacramento State placed 119th, the highest finish among the nine Big Sky Conference schools. The placing stamps an academic year which saw the Hornets account for eight conference championships while also winning the Big Sky Conference’s all-sports points title.

The Directors’ Cup ranks the nation’s athletic programs based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports, and is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The Hornets’ 142.50 total points in the standings were the third highest in the California State University system, trailing only San Diego State and Fresno State.

This year marks the first time the Hornets finished ahead of every other Big Sky institution in the final standings. In addition, the finish is the second highest garnered by Sacramento State as the program finished 115th in 2007-08.

“Finishing first among Big Sky schools in the Directors’ Cup and the conference’s all-sports championship race is a great compliment to our coaches and student-athletes,” Sacramento State athletics director Terry Wanless said. “It reflects our commitment to excellence, and we appreciate the support we’ve received from the University and the Sacramento community. This is an exciting time for the program and we look forward to building on our success.”

The big scorer for Sacramento State in this year’s standings was the men’s soccer team which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, the women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis teams also accumulated points with NCAA Tournament appearances. The women’s outdoor track and field team also contributed points.

Of Sacramento State’s 20 intercollegiate athletics programs, the Hornets accounted for eight conference championships (men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field), marking the fifth consecutive year with at least five league titles for the department. In fact, the Hornets have now compiled 36 conference championships over the last five years, an average of more than seven per season during that span.

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