GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 27, 2013) – At the end of the winter sports season, Oklahoma Christian remains in the thick of the race to be named as the top overall athletic program in the National Christian College Athletic Association.
In the competition for the NCCAA Division I Presidential Award for Excellence, OC is in third place, just behind Shorter (Ga.) and California Baptist. Shorter has 49 points, Cal Baptist 47 and OC 45. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) is in fourth place with 37 points and Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) is fifth with 31 points.
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.
OC was in second place after the fall sports season after the Eagles won NCCAA titles in men’s cross country and men’s golf. Shorter jumped into the top spot after the winter season thanks to NCCAA titles in women’s indoor track and field and men’s basketball and sixth-place finishes in men’s indoor track and field and women’s basketball.
Cal Baptist, which led the standings after the fall sports season, finished second in women’s basketball, but that was its only top-eight national finish during the winter season.
OC finished second in men’s basketball, fourth in women’s basketball and fourth in men’s indoor track and field.
Results from six spring sports will be included in the final total – men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, baseball and softball. 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.
The school that finishes atop the final list will be honored at the NCCAA annual convention in May.