ELMHURST, Ill. - South Dakota moved into first place in The Summit League Commissioner's Cup standings following the winter season of the 2016-17 academic year with 57.5 points. The Coyotes are also first in the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award Standings, while South Dakota State is atop in the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award Standings.
North Dakota State sits in second place with 52.5 points followed closely by South Dakota State's 50 points. In fourth place is IUPUI with 42.5 points and Denver comes in fifth with 40.5 total points. Omaha (32.5 points), Oral Roberts (29.5 points), Western Illinois (29 points) and Fort Wayne (24 points) round out the standings.
South Dakota ranks No. 1 in the Commissioner's Cup standings after securing three first-place finishes (women's cross country, volleyball, men's basketball) this season. The Coyotes also took second in women's indoor track & field and third in women's swimming & diving and men's indoor track & field).
The Bison are in second after capturing league titles in women's soccer, men's indoor track & field and women's indoor track & field. NDSU also placed second in women's cross country and men's basketball.
The Jackrabbits are atop the men's award standings and sit in third place overall after claiming the men's cross country title and taking second in men's indoor track & field and women's basketball.
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.
Standings for the 2016-17 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 by clicking on the link above.
|2016-17 WINTER STANDINGS|
|2.||North Dakota State||52.5|
|3.||South Dakota State||50.0|
|Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award|
|1.||South Dakota State||20.0|
|2.||North Dakota State||19.0|
|Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award|
|2.||North Dakota State||33.5|
|3.||South Dakota State||30.0|
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Celebrating its 35th season of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.