South Dakota wins first Commissioner’s Cup in tight finish

South Dakota claims first-ever Summit League Commissioner's Cup.
South Dakota claims first-ever Summit League Commissioner's Cup.

Commissioner's Cup Point Breakdown | Past Commissioner's Cup Champions/Results

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In one of the tightest races since The Summit League Commissioner's Cup was formed in 1996, South Dakota edged South Dakota State by a single point as their men's and women's programs garnered 90 points between them to capture the athletic department's first cup. 

The Coyotes pulled off the feat with only one championship in women's cross country, but eight other USD squads took runner-up finishes to pile up the necessary points to claim the title. The only tighter race for the Commissioner's Cup was in 2011 when the Jackrabbits won their first cup by a half-point over former member Oakland.
 
The Coyotes also topped the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award standings with 62 points, while South Dakota State led the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award standings with 41.5 points.  

North Dakota State took third overall with 80.0 points and was 10 off the pace set by the Coyotes. The Bison, who were the two-time defending cup champions, made a charge by winning the men's and women's outdoor track and field titles along with the softball crown during the spring.

Denver, who placed fourth with 67.0 points, won a league-best four titles during the spring, claiming regular-season championships in men's and women's tennis and men's and women's golf.

Oral Roberts, who holds the most all-time cups with nine, was fifth with 59.5 points while league newcomer North Dakota was sixth with 52.0 points. Omaha (51.5), Purdue Fort Wayne (40.5) and Western Illinois (38.5) rounded out the cup standings.

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. 

Final 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 the attached PDF.

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2018-19 FINAL STANDINGS

Commissioner's Cup

Place

School

Points

1.

South Dakota

90.0

2.

South Dakota State

89.0

3. 

North Dakota State

80.0

4.

Denver

67.0

5.

Oral Roberts

59.5

6.

North Dakota

52.0

7. 

Omaha 

51.5

8.

Purdue Fort Wayne

40.5

9.

Western Illinois

38.5

 

Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award

Place

School

Points

1.

South Dakota State

41.5

2. 

North Dakota State

31.0

3.

South Dakota

28.0

4. 

Oral Roberts

24.5

5. 

Denver

23.0

 

Omaha

23.0

7.

Purdue Fort Wayne

17.5

8. 

Western Illinois

14.5

9.

North Dakota

13.0

 

Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award

Place

School

Points

1.

South Dakota

62.0

2.

North Dakota State

49.0

3.

South Dakota State

47.5

4. 

Denver

44.0

5. 

North Dakota

39.0

6.

Oral Roberts

35.0

7.

Omaha

28.5

8.

Western Illinois

24.0

9.

Purdue Fort Wayne

23.0




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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