Concordia finishes 45th in final 2017-18 NAIA Learfield Cup Standings

By Jake Knabel on Jun. 8, 2018 in Athletic Announcements

Final 2017-18 NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings

SEWARD, Neb. – Following a run of three-straight top 20 finishes, the Concordia University athletic department slid back to 45th in the final 2017-18 NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings. The Bulldogs placed 17th, 16th and 18th, respectively, in the Learfield Standings over the previous three years.

The point totals are based on national championships qualifications and national finishes. The Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings are designed to “honor institutions that maintain a broad-based program, achieve success in many sports, both men's and women's, in which all sports that the NAIA offers a championship, and all student-athletes that compete in those sports, are treated equally.”

Concordia got its biggest bump from head coach Drew Olson’s women’s basketball program, which finished as the NAIA Division II national runner up. Head coach Matt Beisel’s women’s track and field team also contributed significantly with national place finishes of ninth for indoor and 12th for outdoor.

Dating back to the 1996-97 academic year, Concordia has claimed eight top-25 placements in the final Learfield Cup standings. The institution’s all-time best finish was ninth place in 2004-05 when it also won one of three GPAC All-Sports Trophies in school history. As far as the data goes back, the Bulldogs have never placed lower than 62nd.

Concordia Learfield Cup finishes since 1997
2017-18: 45th
2016-17: 17th
2015-16: 16th
2014-15: 18th
2013-14: 29th
2012-13: 57th
2011-12: 34th
2010-11: 44th
2009-10: 27th
2008-09: 24th
2007-08: 39th
2006-07: 62nd
2005-06: 50th
2004-05: 9th
2003-04: 30th
2002-03: 12th
2001-02: 25th
2000-01: 34th
1999-00: 43rd
1998-99: 53rd
1997-98: 30th
1996-97: 16th