UAA ranks 16th among Division II athletic programs

UAA racked up another top-20 finish in the standings that determine the nation’s most successful NCAA Division II athletic programs.

Buoyed by top-25 finishes in seven national championships, the Seawolves rank 16th, tying their program-best ranking recorded in 2011-12.

Claiming the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was Grand Valley State of Allendale, Michigan.

UAA was one of two Great Northwest Athletic Conference schools in the top 20. Western Washington finished 20th.

Coach Michael Friess gets a lot of the credit for UAA’s ranking. Of the seven teams that claimed top-25 finishes in national compettition, Friess coached six of them — men’s and women’s cross country (seventh and fourth in the nation, respectively), men’s and women’s indoor track and field (seventh and 13th, respectively) and outdoor men’s and women’s track and field (22nd and 16th, respectively).

The ski team wound up eighth in the nation. Also earning points for the Seawolves was the women’s basketball, which made the playoffs and wound up 33rd in the nation.

 The competition for the Cup involves 315 Division II schools nationwide. Rankings are based on each school’s finish in up to seven men’s sports and seven women’s sports. UAA offers 13 sports, including one — skiing — has a single national championship that combines men’s and women’s results.


track and field

JO meet postponed

Saturday’s Junior Olympic track and field has been postponed and will be rescheduled in July, though no date has been determined.

The event is sponsored by USA Track and Field.


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