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Cleveland, Ohio – Columbus State University athletic programs remain in the Top 25 of the 2013-14 Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings after the completion of five fall championships. The Cougars now stand at No. 21 having been ranked 18th in the first release.

CSU, which amassed 127 points in the standings, is the highest ranked Peach Belt Conference team. Flagler is ranked 48th with 67 points, Lander is tied at 52nd with 64, Clayton State sits in a tie at 64th with 57 points, GRU Augusta is 92nd with 43 and UNC Pembroke makes the rankings tied at 94th with 25 total points.

Columbus State's women's soccer team was the 17th highest scoring program among its peers for 50 points contributing to CSU's total score. Women's cross country brought in 29 and men's cross country tallied 33 points for the Cougars.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports - seven women's and seven men's. To date, five fall NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women's cross country – Grand Valley State; men's cross country – Adams State; field hockey – Shippensburg; women's soccer – Grand Valley State; men's soccer – Southern New Hampshire.

The next Division II fall standings will be released Tuesday, December 24. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org.

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