Posted: Dec 13, 2017
ELMHURST, Ill. - North Dakota State leads the way in The Summit League Commissioner's Cup standings following the fall season of the 2017-18 academic year with 22 points. The Bison are also first in the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award Standings, while South Dakota State and Western Illinois are tied atop the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award Standings.
South Dakota and South Dakota State are tied for second place with 20 points, while the next three positions are separated by two points each. Denver is in fourth with 19 points, followed by Oral Roberts (17 points) and Omaha (15 points). Western Illinois (12 points) and Fort Wayne (11 points) round out the fall rankings.
A trio of second-place finishes in men's and women's cross country and women's soccer helped North Dakota State earn its 22 total Commissioner's Cup points and 17 points atop the women's standings.
South Dakota State took first place in both men's cross country and women's soccer with South Dakota claiming the women's cross country title.
Western Illinois earned its six points in the men's rankings from a second-place finish in the men's soccer standings and taking fifth at the men's cross country championship.
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 2017-18 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.
|2017-18 FALL STANDINGS|
|1.||North Dakota State||22.0|
|South Dakota State||20.0|
|Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award|
|1.||South Dakota State||6.0|
|North Dakota State||5.0|
|Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award|
|1.||North Dakota State||17.0|
|South Dakota State||14.0|