UTM 3rd in Cup standings after fall totals
Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 12:03 pm
After the completion of the fall sport championships, UT Martin is currently third in the 2011-12 Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup all-sport trophy standings.
The Cup is a symbol of overall athletic excellence in Conference-sponsored championships. Eastern Kentucky leads the standings.
Eastern Kentucky (46.5 total points) has a five-point lead over second-place Southeast Missouri State (41.5), who was the OVC regular season champion in soccer this year. UT Martin is in third place (37) while Jacksonville State and Morehead State are tied for fourth (33). Two-time defending Cup champion Eastern Illinois is sixth (32.5) and followed by Murray State (28), Austin Peay (23.5), Tennessee State (21.5), Tennessee Tech (21) and SIUE (8.5).
The 2011-12 season marks the fourth for the re-formatted Commissioner’s Cup, which was previously known as the All-Sports Trophy.
The award (which started in 1962-63 for men’s sports and 1980-81 for women’s sports) was previously divided into a Men’s All-Sport Champion and a Women’s All-Sport Champion. Points were awarded for each of the 18 sponsored sports and each school was required to count its totals from each sport in its grand total.
Beginning in 2008-09 only one trophy was awarded (Murray State won the first honor while Eastern Illinois has earned the award in each of the past two years).
Schools are required to count point totals for four main sports (football, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball) along with their next eight highest point totals from the remaining sports, regardless of gender. Morehead State and SIUE, which do not compete in OVC football, count baseball as one of its four required sports.
There are 13 OVC championships remaining this year (rifle, men’s indoor track & field, women’s indoor track & field, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, women’s golf, men’s golf, women’s outdoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, softball and baseball). Published in The WCP 12.8.11