COLUMBUS, Ohio-- The Columbus State Community College Cougars athletic program is ranked 13th of 161 two-year college non-scholarship athletic programs in the 2016-17 National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup. The high ranking recognizes the college's athletic excellence in championship competition. This is the only top-50 appearance by any OCCAC member school in either the NATYCAA scholarship or non-scholarship divisions.
The Cougars were paced by two national runner-up finishes in women's cross country and men's golf, a fifth place national finish in volleyball, and a ninth place finish in men's cross country.
In the final set of standings, Columbus State earned 31 points for men's sports and 35 points for women's sports to total 66 points. Points are awarded based on the institutions finish in their respective sports programs.
Athletic Director Scott Nichols said, "We are extremely proud of the student-athletes that represented Columbus State this year. I knew our program would compete at a high level against DIII competition based on our history of success in the 1990's and early 2000's but to finish 13th Nationally our first year back competing at the DIII level says a lot about where this program is heading."
Established in 1987 and affiliated with NACDA in 1999, NATYCAA is the only professional organization that represents all two year institutions of higher education in the United States. The organization is dedicated to the continuing growth and development of two year college athletics and the individuals involved through exchange of information, monitoring of legislation, promotion of academic excellence, increasing communication between organizations, and encouraging a high degree of integrity in all endeavors.
Columbus State Community College's athletic program has accumulated 40 national championship appearances since 1992. For more information about the Columbus State Cougars, visit www.CSCCcougars.com.
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