Just how strong is the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as an overall league in the country?

Try number one as far as the 2014-2015 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.

Based on how RMAC teams do nationally in the various athletic competitions, the league leads all conferences with three institutions in the top 10; Colorado Mesa (2nd), Adams State (5th) and Colorado School of Mines (7th).

Grand Valley State leads the way in the final winter standings, with 660 points, 287 of those earned during the winter season.

Colorado Mesa remains second after a 17th place finish in men’s basketball, bringing their point total to 490.50. Colorado School of Mines has 403 points.

Locally, Chadron State College is ranked 129th after a strong showing in indoor track and field, while Black Hills State University is 180th, with all 44.50 points coming from indoor track.

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The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 14 sports — seven women’s and seven men’s.

The first spring division rankings will be released on May 21, with the final standings on June 4.

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Sports reporter for the Rapid City Journal.