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Stars claim Learfield Director’s Cup

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Oklahoma City University won four national titles this year, propelling them to win the NAIA Learfield Director's Cup.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Riding a wave of four national championships, Oklahoma City University captured the Learfield Director’s Cup in the NAIA division of athletics for the first time in school history. The Cup signifies the best sports program in the NCAA and NAIA for each academic year.

The Stars won national titles in women’s basketball, competitive cheerleading, women’s golf, and softball to finish the 2016-17 school year at the top of the LDC standings.

“This is a fitting end to what has been a historic year for Oklahoma City University athletics,” said Oklahoma City athletic director Jim Abbott. “This award signifies the overall success of our department and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, and administration. At OCU, we value every sport equally and have the same high expectations for each team. The heights that our teams reach are remarkable. Oklahomans are known for their character, grit, and determination – all factors that lead to success in life and athletics. We are proud to bring this honor back to OCU and our great state.”

The four national titles this year boosts the Stars total to 66 in school history. This year marks the third time in school history that OCU has won four national crowns, and the Stars collected five national championships for three consecutive years in 2011-14. OCU has taken at least one national title per year for 24 years dating back to 1993-94.

But, all of that success has not earned a spot atop the Learfield Director’s Cup standings until this year. The Stars have finished runner-up in the Directors’ Cup standings four times in 2000-01, 2001-02, 2013-14 and 2015-16. OCU finished in the top 10 for the fifth consecutive year. Since 1996-97, OCU has posted 16 top-10 finishes. Over the past two decades, OCU has finished no lower than 13th in the Directors’ Cup standings.

Four of the Stars’ other teams finished in the top five nationally—women’s indoor track & field (second), baseball (third), women’s cross country (fifth) and competitive pom & dance (fifth). The Stars tallied 982 points to finish 177 points ahead of runner-up Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), which won last year’s Director’s Cup.

OCU’s softball team captured its second consecutive softball national championship and 10th NAIA softball title. OCU set a NAIA record with a 52-game winning streak while going 68-1 to record the second most single-season win total in program and NAIA history.

The Stars took first in competitive cheerleading for the first time in history. The women’s basketball team won its ninth title, and the women’s golf team secured its eighth championship.

Although OCU placed second in the women’s indoor track & field competition, the Stars won the 3,200-meter relay and the distance medley relay titles. Aminat Olowora won the mile and 3,000-meter titles. The Nigerian junior also earned the most valuable performer award.

Olowora also won the NAIA women’s cross country title was the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Central Region women's cross country runner of the year.

Junior Michaela Werner became the NAIA women's marathon national champion in the NAIA outdoor track & field championships.

Points in the Director's Cup standings are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 NAIA-sponsored sports, six men's and six women’s.

 

OCU’s NAIA Division I National Honors

*Bo Overton – women’s basketball Coach of the Year

*Daniela Wallen - women's basketball Player of the Year; national tournament MVP.

*Kali Pugh - Softball Player of the Year.

*Georgia Wall - Softball World Series MVP award for the second consecutive year.

*Jaci Smith – Softball Catcher of the Year.

*Phil McSpadden and his staff – Softball Coaching Staff of the Year.

*Marty McCauley – women’s golf Coach of the Year.

 

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