Provided by Wayland Baptist Athletics
After a successful school year in many of Wayland Baptist University's athletic programs, the Pioneers ended the year in 15th place in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. Wayland finished the year with 530 ¾ points.
After earning 54 points in the fall, Wayland picked up 218¼ points in the winter. Ninety of those came with the national runner-up finish for the men's track and field team, while another 70½ were awarded for the women's track and field team's eighth-place showing. Another 57¾ points are attached to the men's wrestling team's 16th-place finish.
Wayland stood in 23rd place after the winter report, but after high showings in golf and outdoor track and field, WBU jumped 10 spots in the competition.
In the latest poll, WBU failed to pick up any additional points but was able to stay in the top-25, slipping just two places to 15th. The latest poll was updated at the conclusion of the baseball and softball seasons.
Fellow Sooner Athletic Conference member Oklahoma Baptist took home the title as its baseball team picked up 11 points, pushing the Bison's total to 964. OBU finished 167 points ahead of second place finisher Lindsay Wilson (Ky.).
Oklahoma City was the only other SAC school in the top-25. The Stars finished the year in 10th place with 614 points. Lubbock Christian ended the year in 33rd place while Northwood, who will join the SAC this upcoming year, finished 41st.
The Directors' Cup was developed in 1993 as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The competition awards points based on the national finishes of athletic teams for close to 300 NAIA schools in up to 12 sports – six men's and six women's – per institution.