OLLU finished 71st in the 2018 NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup. Last year, the Saints were No. 75, and the previous year, No. 48 in the nation.
As part of the Learfield Directors’ Cup, each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points in their division’s Directors’ Cup standing. Points are given to those institutions advancing to the NAIA university championships.
The Saints finished in 71st place with a total of 238.50 points.
There are 196 teams listed in the standings.
For the spring, the Saints earned 32 points for men’s golf, which captured the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Championship and finished 21st in the national championship tournament.
In the winter, the Saints earned 25 points for women’s basketball, who earned their way to their seventh trip to the national tournament. The women finished the season ranked No. 16 in the national coaches’ poll.
The Saints added 70 points for men’s basketball, who also earned their way to the national tournament. In their fourth trip to the tournament, the Saints ended their season in the round of eight. Their final ranking in the national coaches’ poll was No. 21.
The Saints captured three titles in the fall. They tallied 38 points for women’s cross-country and 36 points for men’s cross-country. Both teams traveled to Vancouver, Wash., for the national meet.
The third fall title was for volleyball, which tallied 37.5 points. The women defeated Oklahoma City University in the first round of the national tournament. They went on to participate in Pool Play at Sioux City, Iowa. The women ended their season receiving six votes in the national coaches’ poll. Read full story at www.ollusaintsathletics.com.