South Dakota, SDSU tied in chase for Commissioner's Cup through Winter Championships

South Dakota and South Dakota State are tied atop The Summit League Commissioner's Cup Standings through the Winter Championships with 56.5 points a piece.
South Dakota and South Dakota State are tied atop The Summit League Commissioner's Cup Standings through the Winter Championships with 56.5 points a piece.

COMMISSIONER'S CUP WINTER STANDINGS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –
 South Dakota and South Dakota State have both accrued 56.5 points between their men's and women's programs to share the lead in The Summit League Commissioner's Cup standings following the winter season of the 2018-19 academic year.

The Coyotes are first in the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award Standings with 40 points, while South Dakota State sits atop the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award Standings with 24 points. USD had four runner-up finishes during the winter sports season while the Jackrabbits picked up titles in men's indoor track and field and both men's and women's basketball.

North Dakota State (46.5) sits in third, 10 points off the pace set by the Mount Rushmore State schools and holds a 7.5-point lead on Denver, who stands in fourth with 39 points. The Bison won the women's indoor track and field title and claimed second on the men's side to account for 13 points. The Pioneers won their sixth-consecutive league titles in men's and women's swimming and diving in February.

Fifth through eighth-place in the standings are separated by only 4.5 points with Omaha leading that pack with 33 points. Oral Roberts is sixth with 30 points, Purdue Fort Wayne is a half-point behind the Golden Eagles in seventh and league newcomer North Dakota is currently eighth with 28.5 points. Western Illinois rounds out the standings with 21.5 points.

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 2018-19 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 within this PDF.

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2018-19 WINTER STANDINGS

Commissioner's Cup

Place

School

Points

t1.

South Dakota

56.5

t1.

South Dakota State

56.5

3. 

North Dakota State

46.5

4.

Denver

39.0

5.

Omaha

33.0

6.

Oral Roberts

30.0

7. 

Purdue Fort Wayne 

29.5

8.

North Dakota

28.5

9.

Western Illinois

21.5

 

Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award

Place

School

Points

1.

South Dakota State

24.0

2. 

North Dakota State

17.5

3.

South Dakota

16.5

4. 

Purdue Fort Wayne

13.5

5. 

Omaha

12.0

6. 

Denver

10.0

7.

Oral Roberts

9.5

8. 

Western Illinois

8.5

9.

North Dakota

7.5

 

Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award

Place

School

Points

1.

South Dakota

40.0

2.

South Dakota State

32.5

t3.

Denver

29.0

t3. 

North Dakota State

29.0

t5. 

North Dakota

21.0

t5.

Omaha

21.0

7.

Oral Roberts

20.5

8.

Purdue Fort Wayne

16.0

9.

Western Illinois

13.0

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