GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 21, 2014) – For the fifth straight academic year, Oklahoma Christian’s athletic program is one of the top 10 in the nation at its level of competition.
OC finished 10th in the National Christian College Athletic Association All-Sports Award race during the 2013-14 academic year, with seven different teams earning points for the university’s athletic department in the competition.
Points in the race for the All-Sports Award are awarded based upon a team’s finish in an NCCAA Championship event. At least 30 percent of the division’s membership must sponsor a sport in order for it to be eligible for the point system.
Those sports are men’s golf, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball. OC sponsors teams in all those sports except volleyball and tennis and also has a women’s golf team, whose results weren’t included in the standings (the Lady Eagles finished in third place in the NCCAA Invitational).
OC finished with 29 points in the All-Sports competition. OC’s men’s golf and men’s cross country teams each finished fourth in the NCCAA, while women’s basketball was fifth, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and baseball all finished eighth and softball was the NCCAA runner-up. Had OC received credit for its women’s golf finish, it would have ended up seventh in the overall standings.
During the 2012-13 campaign, OC finished fifth in the NCCAA All-Sports Award competition. The university capped its membership in the NAIA by finishing in the top 10 in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings – which also measure the overall strength of a collegiate athletic program – for three school years, from 2009-10 through 2011-12.
Azusa Pacific (Calif.) took the NCCAA All-Sports Award with 103 points, followed by Shorter (Ga.) with 86, Lee (Tenn.) with 49.5, Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) with 46, Dallas Baptist (Texas) with 45, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) and Union (Tenn.) with 36 each, Indiana Wesleyan with 33.5, Bethel (Ind.) with 31 and OC.
Of those top 10, all but Indiana Wesleyan and Bethel either are full members of NCAA Division II or (like OC) in the NCAA Division II membership process.