April 26, 2011

DEPAUW WINS SIXTH CONSECUTIVE SCAC PRESIDENTS TROPHY

SUWANEE, Ga. - With spring championships in softball, women's tennis and women's golf - in addition to second-place finishes in men's tennis and women's track and field - DePauw University earned a comfortable 105-point victory in the race for the 2010-11 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference President's Trophy. In their final year in the SCAC, the Tigers will leave having won six consecutive all-sports trophies.

DePauw finished with 797.5 points, followed by Trinity University with 692.5 points, Centre College with 655 points and Rhodes College with 590 points - the third consecutive year those four have finished in that order atop the standings.

After 13 years as a member of the SCAC, DePauw exits the conference with six consecutive and seven total all-sports trophies.

Trinity, which won championships this past weekend in baseball and men's tennis, finished second in the all-sports trophy race for the sixth consecutive year. Since 1993-94, Trinity has finished first (11 times) or second (seven times) every year.

Centre slipped from a tie for second in the standings after the winter season to a third place finish in the final standings. The Colonels won their first-ever men's track and field championship this past weekend. 

Rhodes College, with a spring championship in women's track and field, finished in fourth place.

Rounding out the standings, Southwestern improved one place from the winter and finished in fifth place in the finals standings with 415 points while Colorado College slipped a place to finish sixth in the final standings with 370 points.

Two more schools swapped places in the final standings from where they stood after the completion of the winter sports season. Sewanee-The University of the South improved to seventh place with a final total of 320 points while Hendrix College slipped to eighth and finished with 305 points.

Sitting in 10th place through the winter season, Oglethorpe University improved to ninth place in the final standings, finishing with 297.5 points. Millsaps College moved up one slot to 10th to finish and finished with 257.5 points. Austin College fell from ninth to finish 11th in the Presidents Trophy final standings with 175 points.

Birmingham-Southern College, in its last year as a provisional Division III member of both the SCAC and the NCAA, will be eligible for President's Trophy points beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.

Per an earlier vote by the SCAC Presidents Council, men's and women's lacrosse results will not count toward the all-sports trophy race until the 2011-12 academic year.

2010-11 SCAC President's Trophy - Final Standings

SCAC President's Trophy - Archived Year-by-Year Results
1962-63 1963-64 1964-65 1965-66 1966-67 1967-68 1968-69 1969-70 1970-71
1971-72 1972-73 1973-74 1974-75 1975-76 1976-77 1977-78 1978-79 1979-80 
1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 1988-89 
1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 
1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 
2007-08 2008-09  2009-10            

 

SCAC PRESIDENT'S TROPHY QUICK FACTS

The symbol of conference supremacy is the 300-pound railroad bell which was donated to the SCAC by the Norfolk and Western Railroad. This bell, the "President's Trophy", is a rotating award and goes to the school with the best overall sports record for the year.

The bell has been a part of the conference since its inception in 1962. In fact, the first conference logo, when the league was known as the College Athletic Conference, has the image of the bell incorporated into it.

The President's Trophy is displayed for one year on the campus of the school with the combined men's and women's athletics program that accumulates the highest points total in the all-sports race.

The system used for distributing President's Trophy points was tweaked beginning with the 2010-11 academic year. Points will now be awarded from the bottom up, instead of the top down as had been the case. A last place finish in any particular sport is worth 5 points with points being awarded in five point increments for each place, up to first place.

Birmingham-Southern is a provisional member of the SCAC and will not be eligible for conference championships, and therefore all-sports trophy points, until the 2011-2012 season.
School Conf Overall
Trinity (Tex.) 16-2 33-10
Texas Lutheran 11-7 27-17
Centenary (La.) 11-7 19-22
Southwestern (Tex.) 10-8 14-28
Dallas 7-11 17-22
Schreiner 6-12 15-25
Austin 2-16 6-33
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