ORU Captures Third Straight Commissioner's Cup

ORU Captures Third Straight Commissioner's Cup

ELMHURST, Ill. - Oral Roberts used four first-place finishes and two second-place finishes throughout the 2007-08 school year to claim its third consecutive Summit League Commissioner's Cup and its seventh title overall. The Golden Eagles also took home the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All Sports Award, while South Dakota State won the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All Sports Award. It was the fourth-straight year and the ninth time in school history that ORU won the men's sports award.

The Commissioner's Cup is given annually to the 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 member institutions that accumulate the most points in male and female 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 up that athletic program from 1994-2001.

ORU totaled 106.5 points in the 2007-08 Commissioner's Cup race to take the title. Western Illinois came in second with 102.5 points, followed by South Dakota State with 94.5 tallies. North Dakota State, which had 87.5 points, finished in fourth place, while Oakland (82.5) was in the fifth spot and Southern Utah (82.0) was sixth. IPFW came in seventh place with 61.0 points, followed by IUPUI (58.0), UMKC (46.5) and Centenary (36.0).

In the men's race, Oral Roberts accumulated 54.0 points to finish seven tallies ahead of Western Illinois (47.0). Southern Utah finished third with 39.5 points, followed by Oakland with 38.5 tallies and IUPUI with 33.0 points. North Dakota State gained 29.0 points to finish sixth, while UMKC (27.5), South Dakota State (27.0), IPFW (16.5) and Centenary (16.0) complete the standings on the men's side.

With 67.5 points on the women's side during the 2007-08 academic year, the Jackrabbits topped North Dakota State (58.5), Western Illinois (55.5) and Oral Roberts (52.5) for the Dr. Helen Smiley All Sports Award. Oakland finished fifth with 47.0 points, ahead of IPFW (44.5) and Southern Utah (42.5). IUPUI (25.0), Centenary (20.0) and UMKC (19.0) round out the women's standings.

For the year, Oral Roberts earned regular-season titles in men's basketball, women's tennis and baseball. The Golden Eagles also added a first-place finish at the Women's Golf Championship. South Dakota State won regular-season titles in volleyball and women's basketball and placed second at the women's indoor track & field, women's golf and women's outdoor track & field championships.

Standings for the 2007-08 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.

Commissioner's Cup Standings

School Points

1. Oral Roberts 106.5

2. Western Illinois 102.5

3. South Dakota State 94.5

4. North Dakota State 87.5

5. Oakland 85.5

6. Southern Utah 82.0

7. IPFW 61.0

8. IUPUI 58.0

9. UMKC 46.5

10. Centenary 36.0

Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All Sports Award Standings

School Points

1. Oral Roberts 54.0

2. Western Illinois 47.0

3. Southern Utah 39.5

4. Oakland 38.5

5. IUPUI 33.0

6. North Dakota State 29.0

7. UMKC 27.5

8. South Dakota State 27.0

9. IPFW 16.5

10. Centenary 16.0

Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All Sports Award Standings

School Points

1. South Dakota State 67.5

2. North Dakota State 58.5

3. Western Illinois 55.5

4. Oral Roberts 52.5

5. Oakland 47.0

6. IPFW 44.5

7. Southern Utah 42.5

8. IUPUI 25.0

9. Centenary 20.0

10. UMKC 19.0

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