May 17, 2015 FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin won team championships in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, women’s tennis, soccer and volleyball on its way to claiming its third Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup, the league office announced Sunday.
SFA finished ahead of Lamar by 20.5 points for its third Commissioner’s Cup, 177.5 to 157. The Lumberjacks previously won the Cup in 2010 and 2012. SFA is one of two current Southland universities to win at least three Commissioner’s Cups, along with Sam Houston State, which has won five times.
In addition to its league-high nine team championships, SFA got runner-up finishes from the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Football tied for third while women’s golf finished fourth. Five men’s teams and seven women’s team had top-three finishes for SFA, which finished among the top three in 12 of the league’s 17 sports.
Stephen F. Austin claimed the women’s all-sports trophy on the strength of team championship in six sports and finished second in one more. The Ladyjacks cruised to their second straight women’s all-sports trophy, topping second-place Lamar 105.5-82.
The Sam Houston State men had 78.5 points to claim the men’s all-sports trophy just ahead of Lamar and SFA, which here second and third with 75 and 72 points, respectively. The Bearkats have now won two consecutive men’s all-sport trophies and four overall.
Lamar finished behind SFA in the Commissioner’s Cup standings thanks to its solid men’s and women’s season, which include wins in men’s and women’s cross country and women’s golf along with runner-up finishes in men’s tennis and women’s basketball.
Sam Houston State (156), McNeese State (138.5) and Northwestern State (128), came in third, fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Abilene Christian and Southeastern Louisiana (112) tied for sixth, just ahead of eighth-place Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (110). Central Arkansas (103) finished in ninth place, followed by Houston Baptist (91), Nicholls (85), UIW (84.5) and New Orleans (48.5) to round out this year’s standings.
The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded annually to the top overall athletics program in the Southland. Sam Houston State has won the Cup a record five times. In the 18-year history of the Commissioner’s Cup, Stephen F. Austin has three and Northwestern State has one.
The Southland Conference all-sports trophies are awarded annually for men’s and women’s competition based on a 13-point system for all conference sports. Point values are 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1, pending place of finish. Regular-season standings are used for sports that have a conference tournament. The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded to the university compiling the highest combined total of men’s and women’s all-sports points.
The three trophies will be presented at the annual Southland Conference Honors Dinner Tuesday night at the Westin Stonebriar Resort in Frisco, Texas.
##2014-15 Southland Conference Commissioners Cup Standings
|1.||Stephen F. Austin||72.0||105.5||177.5|
|3.||Sam Houston State||78.5||77.5||156.0|