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CSU Athletics Program Among the Nation's Elite

CLEVELAND, Ohio – After claiming their fourth Peach Belt Conference Commissioner's Cup in six years, the Columbus State University Athletic Department finished 44th in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.  CSU was the highest ranked institution in the Peach Belt finishing with 340 total points.

The Cougars' point total is the third most they have accumulated, a year after setting their second best total with 368.50 points.

Grand Valley State won its eighth straight Directors' Cup, finishing with a Division II record point total of 1057.50.  This marks the fourth straight year that GVSU has eclipsed the 1,000 point total.

Rounding out the top five was The University of Central Missouri (779.75 points), Augustana College (761.50 points), Abilene Christian University (718 points) and Adams State College (696 points).

Half of the teams at Columbus State made the NCAA Tournament this past season which did not include several student-athletes who participated individually.  The men's tennis team had the highest finish for the department advancing to the national semifinals for the second consecutive season.

CSU's top finish came during the 1997-98 campaign finishing in 20th place while their highest point total came in the 2006-07 year accumulating 378 points.

There are 309 schools that compete on the NCAA Division II level.

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