ELMHURST, Ill. - With a total of 94.5 points, South Dakota State captured its second Commissioner’s Cup in the last three years following the completion of the 2012-13 academic year. The Jackrabbits also earned their first Dr. William Steinbrecher Men’s All-Sports Award, while the Bison take home the Dr. Helen Smiley Women’s All-Sports Award for the fourth consecutive year.
North Dakota State, last season’s Commissioner’s Cup recipient, took second with 87.0 points. The next three positions were separated by one point each with South Dakota (78.5) taking third followed by Oakland (77.5) and Kansas City (76.5). Western Illinois finished sixth with 65.5 points, while newcomer Omaha (64.0), Fort Wayne (59.5) and IUPUI (58.0) rounded out the standings.
South Dakota State had first-place finishes in men’s cross country, men’s basketball and women’s basketball en route to claiming the title. Of the 18 championships in which the Jackrabbits are eligible, they finished in the top-three in 10, while placing in the top-five in all but two. The Jackrabbits finished in the top-two in five men’s championship sports on their way to capturing the Dr. William Steinbrecher Award.
The Bison won their fourth-straight Dr. Helen Smiley Award after placing first in women’s cross country, women’s indoor track & field, women’s golf, softball and women’s outdoor track & field. NDSU also won the men’s outdoor track & field title and placed in the top-two in seven of its 14 eligible championships.
South Dakota earned its highest Commissioner’s Cup finish after winning the men’s indoor track & field title and placing second in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf and men’s and women’s outdoor track & field.
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.
Final standings for the 2012-13 Commissioner’s Cup and the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men’s All Sports and Dr. Helen Smiley Women’s All Sports Awards can be found below. The breakdown of each institution’s points and finishes within each sport can be found on the attached PDF.
|2012-13 Final Standings|
|Commissioner's Cup Standings|
|1.||South Dakota State||94.5|
|2.||North Dakota State||87.0|
|Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award Standings|
|1.||South Dakota State||45.5|
|6.||North Dakota State||29.5|
|Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award Standings|
|1.||North Dakota State||57.5|
|2.||South Dakota State||49.0|