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Warrior athletics earns Directors' Cup nod
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The California State University, Stanislaus Warriors Athletics program finished a successful postseason campaign in the 2012-13 academic year placing in the top 25 percent of all NCAA Division II athletics programs in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.

After a tremendous ending, the Warriors ranked 58th out of 254 Div. II institutions during the year, placing them in the top 25 percent of all eligible programs.

Of the three schools placing in the top 25 percent, CSU Stanislaus ranks third behind only UC San Diego (20th) and 31st ranked Chico State for the top programs from the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

"It is a great accomplishment for our program to finish in the top 25 percent of all NCAA Division II institutions in the Directors' Cup standing. The credit for this goes to our very talented coaches and student-athletes," CSU Stanislaus Director of Athletics Michael Matoso said. "We will continue to provide them with additional resources as we aim to bring Cal State Stanislaus to national prominence."

During the spring season, the Warriors racked up points in men's golf with a ninth place score. Men's track and field was 20th overall and women's track and field took 54th to lift the Warriors. Stanislaus scored points in winter during the women's indoor track and field season, placing 21st. In the fall, women's cross country was 20th and men's soccer (17th) scored by competing in the NCAA postseason.

Grand Canyon was ranked number one, Grand Valley State and Ashland followed in second and third place, respectively.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports — seven women's and seven men's.