South Dakota Leads Commissioner’s Cup Race Following Winter Season

South Dakota Leads Commissioner’s Cup Race Following Winter Season
ELMHURST, Ill. - South Dakota leads the way in The Summit League Commissioner's Cup standings following the winter sports season in the 2017-18 academic year with 49 points. The Coyotes are also first in the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award Standings, while South Dakota State is atop the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award Standings.
South Dakota holds a slim lead over South Dakota State, which has 48 points. North Dakota State comes in third with 39.5 points, followed closely by Denver with 38.5 points. Oral Roberts (32 points), Omaha (27 points), Western Illinois (24 points) and Fort Wayne (18 points) round out the poll.
After ending the fall season in second place, the Coyotes raced to the top of the standings with a first-place finish in women's basketball and a trio of second-place showings in men's swimming & diving, women's indoor track & field and men's basketball.
The Jackrabbits, who were tied with the Coyotes for second place in the fall, captured first place in men's basketball and had second-place performances in men's indoor track & field and women's basketball. Both USD and SDSU have finished in the top three in all but two of its respective eligible sports.
North Dakota State claimed the men's and women's indoor track & field titles, while Denver won both the men's and women's swimming & diving championships for third and fourth place finishes, respectively.
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 2017-18 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 link (PDF) above.
2017-18 Commissioner's Cup Winter Standings
Commissioner's Cup Standings
Place School Points
1. South Dakota 49.0
2. South Dakota State 48.0
3. North Dakota State 39.5
4. Denver 38.5
5. Oral Roberts 32.0
6. Omaha 27.0
7. Western Illinois 24.0
8. Fort Wayne 18.0
Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Awards Standings
Place School Points
1. South Dakota State 20.0
2. South Dakota 17.0
3. Denver 15.0
4. North Dakota State 13.5
5. Fort Wayne 9.0
  Western Illinois 9.0
7. Oral Roberts 8.5
8. Omaha 5.0
Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award Standings
Place School Points
1. South Dakota 32.0
2. South Dakota State 28.0
3. North Dakota State 26.0
4. Denver 23.5
  Oral Roberts 23.5
6. Omaha 22.0
7. Western Illinois 15.0
8. Fort Wayne 9.0


Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.