Posted: Mar 18, 2016
ELMHURST, Ill. - South Dakota State leads the way in The Summit League Commissioner’s Cup standings following the winter season of the 2015-16 academic year with 58 points. The Jackrabbits are also first in the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men’s All-Sports Award Standings while South Dakota is tops in the Dr. Helen Smiley Women’s All-Sports Award standings.
The second through seventh slots are separated by a total of only 12.5 points. South Dakota is in second place with 48.5 points, closely followed by IUPUI and North Dakota State, which are tied with 46 points. Oral Roberts collected 38 points for fifth place while Denver is in sixth with 37.5 points, closely followed by Omaha with 36 points. Fort Wayne (28 points) and Western Illinois (20 points) round out the rankings.
South Dakota State sits atop the Commissioner’s Cup standings after sharing the men’s basketball regular season title with Fort Wayne and finishing second in women’s basketball along with top-three finishes in men’s and women’s swimming and diving and track and field.
The Denver Pioneers took home the men’s and women’s swimming and diving crowns for the third straight season. South Dakota earned the regular-season women’s basketball title along with top-three finishes in women’s swimming and diving and women’s indoor track and 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.
Standings for the 2015-16 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 following page.