GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 1, 2013) – In its inaugural academic year as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, Oklahoma Christian finished fifth in the race for the NCCAA all-sports title.
OC finished the competition for the NCCAA Division I Presidential Award for Excellence with 49 points, trailing only Azusa Pacific (Calif.) with 80, Shorter (Ga.) with 75, California Baptist with 59 and McMurry (Texas) with 53.
Scoring for the competition is awarded on the basis of top-eight national finishes, with points given on a 12-9-8-6-5-4-3-1 basis.
It’s the fourth straight year OC has finished in the top 10 nationally in competition to determine the top overall athletic department within its athletic affiliation. OC was a top-10 fixture from the 2009-10 to 2011-12 academic years in the NAIA Directors’ Cup standings, before starting the NCAA Division II membership process with the 2012-13 academic year and joining the NCCAA.
OC was in second place in the NCCAA standings after the fall sports season, after the Eagles won national titles in men’s cross country and men’s golf, and stood third after the winter season thanks to a second-place finish in men’s basketball and fourth-place finishes in women’s basketball and men’s indoor track and field.
During the spring season, OC recorded points in one sport, men’s outdoor track and field, which finished sixth nationally. The baseball team qualified for the NCCAA World Series but didn’t finish in the top eight. Azusa Pacific and McMurry, meanwhile, posted strong showings in outdoor track and tennis to move past OC in the final standings.
At least 30 percent of the NCCAA’s membership must sponsor a sport for it to be eligible to be included in the point system, which meant that OC’s runner-up finish in women’s golf during the fall season didn’t figure into the point standings. If it had, OC would have finished fourth.
The rest of the top 10 included Fresno Pacific (Calif.) with 48 points, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) with 41, Union (Tenn.) with 38, Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) with 37.5 and Cedarville (Ohio) with 36.5.
Of the top 10 NCCAA schools, all but Olivet Nazarene and Cedarville are in the NCAA Division II membership process, and Cedarville is a full Division II member.