ORU Finishes Second in Summit League Commissionerís Cup Race
ORU finished victorious in the race for the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men’s All-Sports Award, with 43.5 points. The Golden Eagles narrowly edged out Southern Utah, who finished with 42 points in men’s athletic competitions.
The Golden Eagles trailed only North Dakota State in the Dr. Helen Smiley Women’s All-Sports Award standings. ORU finished with 56 points in women’s Summit League competitions, while the Bison women finished with 71 points.
ORU is the only school to finish in the top two in the standings for all three awards. The Golden Eagles collected Summit League titles in men’s basketball, women’s tennis, women’s golf and baseball while finishing second in men’s soccer, men’s indoor track & field and women’s basketball.
Trailing NDSU and ORU in the Commissioner’s Cup race were Southern Utah (93.5 points) in third and South Dakota State (89.5 points) in fourth. In fifth place was UMKC with 78 points, followed by South Dakota in sixth (76.5 points) and Oakland in seventh (69.5 points). IPFW (60 points), IUPUI (58 points) and Western Illinois (56 points) rounded out the standings.
The Commissioner’s Cup is given annually to the member institution that collects the most combined points in relationship to placement in league-sponsored sports between its men’s and women’s athletic programs, while the All-Sports Awards are given to the institutions that accumulate the most points in men’s sports and women’s sports. The men’s award is named for former Valparaiso Director of Athletics Dr. William Steinbrecher, who guided the Crusaders from 1979-2004, while the women’s award is named for former Western Illinois Director of Athletics Dr. Helen Smiley, who headed WIU’s athletic program from 1994-2001.
ORU will begin play in the Southland Conference at the start of the 2012-13 academic year.