Rio finishes 2nd in Commissioner’s Cup standings

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

FLORENCE, Ky. — The University of Rio Grande posted a second place finish in the 2015-16 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner’s All-Sports Cup, an award given annually to the top overall athletic department in the KIAC based on standings of sports throughout the year.

Rio Grande finished with an average of 10.95, trailing only Point Park University, which took the top spot for a second straight year and the third time in four years with an average of 11.31.

The KIAC Commissioner’s Cup standings are tabulated based on the regular-season standings in each of the KIAC’s 15 championship sports. The sports of cross country, golf and track and field use the championship meets to determine standings.

With 13 schools in the conference, 13 points are awarded for first place, 12 for second place and so on. Each school’s point total is divided by the number of sports sponsored at that school to produce an average. An average of 13.00 would represent a perfect score and first place in every sponsored sport.

Point Park scored 147 total points in their 13 sports, while Rio Grande had 120.5 points in its 11 sports.

“On behalf of all of our 13 member schools, I’d like to congratulate Point Park University, Director of Athletics Dan Swalga and all of the Pioneers on defending their KIAC Commissioner’s Cup title this year,” said Scott McClure, KIAC Commissioner. “Winning the Commissioner’s Cup competition requires a total team effort by the entire athletic department as well as institutional support, and Point Park University continues to be a model of consistency and excellence.”

Point Park’s KIAC Cup win was built on finishing first, second or third in its division in all 13 of its sports. The Pioneers claimed first-place points with KIAC championships in men’s and women’s cross country. Point Park claimed second place in men’s and women’s track and field, women’s soccer and men’s golf.

Rio Grande jumped from fourth place after the winter season to second place in the final standings. That came after the RedStorm claimed KIAC spring championships in men’s and women’s track and field and softball. In men’s soccer, Rio Grande won the KIAC championship and the NAIA national championship.

Rio finished second in both men’s and women’s cross country, third in women’s soccer, fourth in women’s basketball and baseball, sixth in volleyball and tied for eighth in men’s basketball.

IU East placed third with an average of 10.45, IU Southeast was fourth at 10.14 and Asbury was fifth at 9.97.

The rest of the standings included Brescia (8.47), WVU Tech (8.25), Ohio Christian (7.67), IU Kokomo (7.36), Carlow (6.87), Cincinnati Christian (6.35), Midway (5.40) and Alice Lloyd (5.29).

IU East claimed third place in the final standings with its strongest showings being in basketball and volleyball. The Red Wolves placed first in men’s basketball and second in women’s basketball and volleyball.

IU Southeast claimed fourth place with its baseball and women’s tennis teams claiming top points in the commissioner’s cup race. The Grenadiers were also second place in men’s tennis.

Asbury placed fifth and scored a conference-high 149.5 total points in the standings. The Eagles claimed first-place points in women’s basketball, women’s soccer and men’s tennis.

Brescia’s sixth-place finish included a KIAC championship in men’s golf.

Founded in 1916, the KIAC has 13 member institutions. As of July 1, 2016, the KIAC will be known as the River States Conference.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing