Highlighted by four top-10 NCAA finishes in the last month -- including its first-ever softball national championship -- UC Davis scored a program-best 857 points to capture the program's sixth NACDA Directors' Cup for NCAA Division II, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced this month.
The Aggies, in their final year of NCAA Division II postseason competition, have won the prestigious honor four consecutive years. UC Davis also won the award -- formerly called the Sears Directors' Cup -- in 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Grand Valley State (Mich.) finished second with 797.5 points, North Florida was third with 628.5 and fellow California Collegiate Athletic As-sociation member Cal State Bakers-field was fourth with 597.5.
The award is presented each year to the most successful athletic programs at each of the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, as well as the National Association for Intercollegiate Athlet-ics (NAIA).
Points are awarded to schools whose teams advance to NCAA or NAIA Championship play.
UC Davis, which scored in 13 of a possible 14 sports, has never finished lower than second for the award.
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