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UNK uses ‘team effort’ to finish 25th in Learfield Directors’ Cup standings

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Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 9:06 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (Press Release) - Nebraska-Kearney tallied 475.50 points to finish 25th in the race for the 2021-22 Learfield Directors’ Cup.

Local4 spoke with UNK Athletic Director Marc Bauer Thursday for his perspective on the growth of UNK Athletics and the feats they achieved this year.

“This is a team effort,” Bauer said. “This isn’t one individual, this isn’t one coach, one student-athlete that’s creating this. It is definitely very gratifying in a lot of ways, but also it’s just the after effects of how focused everybody is and what it is that they’re trying to accomplish. Not only are they getting it done in competition, but they’re proving that they’re excelling in the classroom and in the community by the thousands of hours that they’re logging in within our community over the year.”

The Cup is the Division II “All-Sports” Trophy, given annually to the school that scores the most points at NCAA Championships over the fall, winter and spring seasons. The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.

Ranking third among MIAA schools, this is UNK’s highest place and point total in 14 years (16th/494.50; 2007-08). Due to the pandemic, the Cup wasn’t awarded in 2019-20 or 2020-21. The Lopers were 124th (171.0) in 2018-19.

The Blue & Gold scored 118.50 points in the fall, 205.0 in the winter and added 152 in the spring. Not surprisingly, the MIAA had a strong showing as seven members ranked in the top 41 and 10 in the top 88. Central Missouri (8th/671.25) and Washburn (21st/482.0) were ahead of the Lopers.

As usual, Grand Valley (Mich.) State took home the Cup, tallying 1,013 points. The Lakers, who won National Titles this past year in men’s cross, women’s soccer and men’s indoor track -- have won this award 14 times. West Texas A&M (862.25) was the runner up.

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