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Cumberland athletics fourth in MSC President's Cup standings through winter season

Apr. 6—Cumberland athletics sits in fourth place of the Mid-South Conference President's Cup standings following the completion of the winter season, released Wednesday by league officials.

The Phoenix have racked up 105.5 points to sit in fourth place. Cumberland is third in the Women's All-Sports Standings at 53 points and the men sit in fourth at 52.5 points.

The University of the Cumberlands are in the lead with 136 total points. Campbellsville is in second place at 111 points followed by Lindsey Wilson in third place just one point ahead of Cumberland at 106.5 points.

Bethel is in fifth place at 94 points. Georgetown is in sixth place with 68.5 points and Georgetown is in seventh at 42.5 points.

Points are awarded based on the final regular-season standings for each conference-sanctioned sport. The regular-season champion or event champion — in the case where there is no regular season — in each sport receives 10 points with second place receiving nine points, etc. The top seven male and top seven female team finishes for each institution generate the institution's overall totals. For coed sports, points are awarded to the gender that benefits the most by the coed score.

During the winter season, Cumberlands earned championships in cheerleading, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's indoor track and field and posted the highest-conference finishes in men's and women's bowling. Cumberlands and Freed-Hardeman shared the regular season championship in men's basketball. Campbellsville captured the MSC championship in women's basketball. The Phoenix won the wrestling title.

President's Cup points are reserved for full conference members only that compete in conference championship sports. They are not given to emerging sports in the MSC.

CU moves up to No. 32 in NAIA Directors' Cup standingsCumberland has moved up to No. 32 in the NAIA LEARFIELD Directors' Cup standings following the completion of the winter championships, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) officials announced Thursday.

The Phoenix totaled 194.35 points during the winter championships — which includes men and women's basketball, Men's and women's bowling, Men's and women's swimming and dive, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's wrestling, and cheerleading and dance. Cumberland now has a total of 308.25 points.

In the winter, the Phoenix picked up points from both the men's and women's indoor track and field teams and the Cumberland wrestling team. The women's indoor track and field racked up the most points bringing in 82.5 points after a third place finish at Nationals. Wrestling added their fourth straight top-10 finish taking home eighth place for 69.8 points. Men's indoor track and field added 42 points after finishing in 32nd at the Indoor National Championships.

The University of the Cumberland has had a huge winter picking up 621 points to jump to first place with a total of 950.00. The Patriots lead second place by nearly 200 points. Indiana Wesleyan is in second with 759.50 points followed by Milligan in third at 679.00 points. St. Thomas and Indiana Tech round out the top five with 581.5 points and 550.25 points.

Cumberland is now in second amongst Mid-South Conference teams in the Directors' Cup standings. Campbellsville is just behind Cumberland in 34th place with 291.5 points. The Tigers added points from an Elite Eight trip from women's basketball and top-10 finishes from men's and women's wrestling.

Georgetown, Lindsey Wilson, and Bethel are all neck-and-neck at 44th, 45th and 46th. Georgetown is in 44th place after both men's and women's basketball teams reached the second round of the National Championships. The Blue Raiders had top-10 finishes from men's and women's swim and dive and national tournament appearance from women's basketball. Bethel added 75 points after a 19th place finish from men's swimming and a 33rd place finish from men's indoor track and field.

Freed-Hardeman is in 91st place. The Lions won the men's basketball national championship and made it to the women's basketball national tournament.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in 13 sports during their championships. The NAIA must count four sports — men and women's basketball, men's soccer and volleyball — with the remaining nine coming from any of the remaining championship sports.

The spring standings are scheduled to be released June 11.