Wichita, Kan. - Tabor College accumulated 126 points over the three sport seasons during 2012 - 2013 to claim the inaugural KCAC Commissioner's Cup. The award will be formally announced at the 2013 – 2014 KCAC Sport Management Conference on Tuesday, August 6 at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.
This Spring, the Bluejays earned their first championship points by becoming co-regular season baseball champions with Sterling College. Tabor earned significant points with second place finishes in six sports (football, men's soccer, men's indoor track & field, women's basketball, men's basketball, women's outdoor track & field) and third place finishes in two sports (women's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field). The Bluejays captured the cup by scoring 44 points in the Fall (3rd best among all 10 conference members), 35 points in the Winter (Tied for 1st among all 10 conference members), and 47 points in the Spring (3rd among all 10 conference members). Tabor was one of two schools (Southwestern) to finish in the top five in scoring and not compete in all 17 scored events (men's golf).
Tabor College's Vice President of Athletics, Rusty Allen, spoke on winning the award. "We are honored to win the inaugural Commissioner's Cup. The athletic department at Tabor College embraces the philosophy that excellence enhances the primary goal of Christian ministry. As we seek to help student-athletes come to know and grow in Christ, a foundation of excellence provides much needed leverage. We have great respect for the KCAC schools and enjoy the broad scope of competition created by the introduction of the Commissioner's Cup. The Tabor community is excited to celebrate the past year's accomplishments and will look forward to the ongoing pursuit of the Commissioner's Cup."
Friends University totaled 124 points to finish second in the race. The bulk of the Falcons' points came from five championships (women's cross country, women's basketball, men's outdoor track & field, women's outdoor track & field, and softball) and three runner-up finishes (women's indoor track & field, volleyball, and men's cross country). The Falcons kept the race close by scoring 40 points in the Fall (4th), 35 points in the winter (T-1st), and 49 points in the Spring (2nd).
After scoring 30 points in the Fall season (8th among all 10 conference members), the Southwestern College Moundbuilders rallied in the two subsequesnt seasons to score a total of 107 points (Winter: 34 [3rd]; Spring: 43 [4th]) and take third place in the cup standings. Southwestern scored nearly two-thirds of their Fall points with a men's cross country championship and a women's cross country second place finish. Southwestern took the women's and men's indoor titles and finished tied for second (Tabor) in women's basketball during the winter. Spring brought the Moundbuilders a KCAC men's golf championship and women's outdoor track & field second place finish.
2012 - 2013 Final Standings
Bethany College led all schools with 53 points in the Spring athletic season. The Swedes competed in all seven conference sports and were crowned regular season men's tennis champions. They finished second in men's golf and softball; third in baseball and women's tennis.
Friends University trailed Bethany by four points in the Spring. The Falcons own three spring championships which equates to 30 of their 49 points: men's outdoor track & field, women's outdoor track and field, and softball regular season championship.
Despite competing in only six of seven conference spring sports Tabor scored 47 points in the Spring, the third highest total among members schools. Bluejay baseball claimed a regular season co-championship and Tabor track & field earned a men's second and women's third place finishes for 27 of their Spring points.
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About the KCAC Commissioner's Cup
In an effort to recognize the achievements of its student-athletes and member institutions the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference developed an award for the institution that performs the greatest over the fall, winter, and spring athletic seasons. The KCAC Commissioner's Cup will be awarded annually as a symbol of excellence in athletics over 17 sports. Member institutions earn points for the finish of each varsity team in officially recognized conference sports.
Points are assigned based on regular season finish for football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, men's golf, softball, and tennis. In cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field the conference championship meet results will determine point values. All official conference sports are scored equally. To be a conference sport there must be five member institutions competing in that sport at the varsity level.
Teams who finish in first place will be awarded 10 points, second place finisher receive nine points and so on until the final place team has been awarded a point value (i.e. if a sport only has seven teams, point values will be given from the maximum 10 to 4). Ties will be awarded the same amount of points and the next highest finisher will be adjusted downward (i.e. two teams tying for 2nd place would each receive 9 points, then the next highest finisher would be for 4th place and would receive 7 points).