Valley marks top Directorís Cup showing

Friday, July 9, 2021

Missouri Valley College finished its 2020-21 athletic year in the schoolís highest all-time placing in the Learfield Directorsí Cup standings. The college finished in the top 30 among all NAIA schools, and fourth overall in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

The Learfield Directorsí Cup uses a points formula based on a teamís finish at their respective NAIA National championship event. For the 2020-21 athletic year, Missouri Valley had a total of seven athletic programs earn points from their performances at NAIA National championships. In all, the athletic department earned 397.5 total points, and finished No. 29 in the National standings.

Leading the programs earning points was the National championship menís soccer team, which collected 100 points. Cheer earned 80 points, menís volleyball earned 60 points, menís wrestling earned 60 points, womenís soccer earned 57 points, menís indoor track and field earned 24.5 points and menís outdoor track and field earned 16 points.

The No. 29 finish is the highest for the Vikingsí athletic department since the Learfield Directorsí Cup was established for the NAIA in 1995, and the 397.5 points is second-highest in school history, behind 411 points earned during the 2017-18 athletic year.

Valley finished fourth overall in the Heart, behind No. 7 Grand View (Iowa) with 704.5 points, No. 26 Central Methodist (Mo.) with 413 points and No. 27 Baker (Kan.) with 409 points.

The Learfield Directorsí Cup does not include athletic programs not affiliated with the NAIA, or womenís wrestling, which is Invitational status with the NAIA.

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