Athletes celebrate a winning season

June 24, 2004, vol. 30, no. 5
By Marianne Meadahl

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SFU athletes are celebrating after securing the program's sixth National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) Sports Academy Directors' cup.

The award is given annually to the best overall collegiate athletics program from more than 300 colleges and universities competing in the U.S.-based association.

The past season proved to be the best ever for SFU's athletics program. SFU athletes won three NAIA championships, including women and men's swimming and diving and women's cross-country. SFU was also the runner-up in women's indoor track and field and softball. Clan teams posted four other top 10 finishes in the NAIA, including third in men's cross country, eighth in men's indoor track and field, ninth in women's soccer, and tenth in men's wrestling.

“The Directors' Cup has become the measuring stick by which colleges and universities evaluate their athletics programs. It's symbolic of athletics excellence,” says Wilf Wedmann, director of athletics and recreation at SFU.”

A five-time champion from 1997-2001, SFU was not expected to challenge for the Director's Cup after four of its programs — men's and women's basketball, football and volleyball — moved from the NAIA to compete in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport league in 2000. But SFU posted its highest point total during the 2003-04 season, registering 842.25 points to finish 142.25 points ahead of Azusa Pacific University of California.

Simon Fraser won a fourth national title in CIS women's wrestling and its men's wrestling team placed second in the CIS. In addition, the Clan football team completed one of its best seasons in its history with a 7-4 record and top-four finish in Canada.

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