NMU sports: Wildcats among all-sports leaders

CLEVELAND – Northern Michigan University ranks 42nd in NCAA Division II in an all-sports competition that is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today.

Points are awarded based on an institution’s national finish in up to 14 sports – seven men’s and seven women’s – for the Learfield Sports Directors Cup.

In rankings released Thursday, the Wildcats have 216.25 points after earning 32 in the fall and 184.25 in the winter, good for the 14th percentile among the 311 schools participating.

Four NMU teams competed in NCAA winter sports championships – the Wildcat skiers earned 69 points for second place in nordic skiing and seventh place in overall skiing, then received 63.75 points for 12th place at the NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships.

Northern also achieved 25 points for participating in the women’s basketball tourney and 26.5 points for 46th place at the NCAA indoor track and field championships.