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Taylor XC, track programs repeat with high marks

The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its NAIA programs of the year recently, naming Taylor as one-of-nine schools in the nation to earn top-20 grades for its men’s and women’s programs.

Taylor came in at No. 4 on the women’s side and No. 13 on the men’s side, while ranking No. 4 in the nation in combined standings. TU trailed only Wayland Baptist, Oklahoma City and Aquinas for the strongest combined men’s and women’s cross country and track programs in the NAIA.

The Trojans scored as a team in all six of the men’s and women’s national championships for cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field, scoring Top-25 finishes in all six events.

On the women’s side, Taylor finished a program-best fifth in cross country, 20th in indoor track and 21st in outdoor track, while taking 17th in cross country, 21st in indoor track and 20th in outdoor track on the men’s side.

Taylor has now rated among the top-four in the combined USTFCCCA ratings in two-straight years, after posting the third-best total in the 2016-2017 results.

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Taylor 15th in NAIA Director’s Cup

Taylor University finished 15th nationally in the 2017-2018 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Final Standings..

Points for the rankings are awarded based on each institution’s finish at various NAIA National Championship events throughout the academic year, with a maximum of 13 sports allowed to be counted in the total. The sports of basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s soccer are counted for all institutions, with up to nine other scores being permitted.

Taylor scored as a team at the NAIA National Championship events in 10 sports during the year, with fifth-place finishes from women’s cross country and women’s golf and a seventh-place showing from men’s golf leading the way. Top-25 finishes also came from the sports of men’s cross country (17th), women’s indoor track and field (20th), men’s outdoor track and field (20th), women’s outdoor track and field (21st), men’s indoor track and field (21st), with women’s basketball advancing to the NAIA National Championships Round of 16 and baseball winning one game in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.

Taylor totaled 576 total points, with nearly half of those points coming from men’s and women’s outdoor track, men’s and women’s golf and baseball during the spring season to vault the Trojans up the rankings.