Wake Forest Owns Lofty Ranking In Director's Cup Standings

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Wake Forest University, enjoying perhaps its finest overall year in athletics, is in 23rd place in the most recent U.S. Sports Academy Director's Cup standings announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The official final standings will be released in June. Five NCAA championships have not been completed. The Demon Deacons have an opportunity to score additional points in four of those championships -- men's golf, baseball and men's and women's track and field.

While it remains likely that Wake Forest will move up or down a few notches in the final standings, the Deacons are in good position for their highest finish ever in the Director's Cup standings. Wake Forest's highest finish was 31st in 2002-03. Last year the Deacons finished 44th in the final standings.

The 2006-07 year in athletics is arguably the most successful overall performance in Wake Forest history. In the fall, the Deacon football team captured its first ACC championship since 1970 and played in the FedEx Orange Bowl. The field hockey team also won an ACC title and advanced to the NCAA Championship game. Men's soccer advanced to the NCAA national semifinals for the first time ever and women's soccer made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Women's cross country qualified for the NCAA Championships.

In the spring, men's tennis advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time. Women's tennis also played in the NCAA Tournament and men's and women's golf both advanced to the NCAA Championship round. Men's golf wraps up its season this week at the NCAA Championship in Williamsburg, Va. The surprising Deacon baseball team is playing in the NCAA Tournament this week in Round Rock, Texas. Men's and women's track and field will both be represented in June at the NCAA Championships.

Pac-10 Conference schools hold down the first three positions in the rankings. Twelve-time defending champion Stanford is first, followed by UCLA and California.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is making a strong showing with six of its 12 schools currently ranked in the top 30.

The U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is the program's sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's.

Complete Director's Cup Standings can be found at: http://nacda.cstv.com/directorscup/nacda-directorscup-current-scoring.html.

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