GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University athletics program finished in eighth place out of 14 schools in the final 2017-18 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Presidents' Cup standings announced by the conference office today. The NEAC Presidents' Cup is calculated by a school's standings for athletic, academic, sportsmanship and community service success throughout the school year.
Gallaudet was fourth in the Athletics Direct Reports' Cup for sportsmanship where men's swimming and diving were tops in their respective sports category for sportsmanship. Morrisville State College was first in this category.
GU finished seventh in the Senior Woman Administrators' Cup for community Service. Keuka College took home the cup in this category.
The Bison finished 10th overall in the Athletics Directors' Cup as they placed 10th overall in the men's standings and seventh in the women's standings. GU fielded six teams, last season, that competed on the women’s side (basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball) and five on the men’s side (baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming). The Athletic Directors' Cup standings for men’s and women’s athletic success are determined by percentage and not total points earned because some schools don’t support all 18 sports sponsored by the conference. Penn St.-Berks won the Athletics Directors' Cup.
The Bison placed 10th in the conference in the Faculty Athletic Representatives' Cup for academics.
Lancaster Bible College won the NEAC Presidents' Cup with 11 points as it placed first in the Faculty Athletic Representatives' Cup, second in the Athletics Direct Reports' Cup and finished in the top four in two other categories. This is Lancaster Bible's second NEAC Presidents' Cup since joining the conference. Keuka College finished second (17 points) followed by Morrisville State College (19.5), Penn College (20) and Penn St.-Berks (21) round out the top five.
This is the fourth year that the NEAC has determined its Presidents’ Cup winner by utilizing the core values of NCAA Division III. In addition to calculating athletics success, which was the only factor taken into consideration when awarding the conference’s Presidents’ Cup in the past, the NEAC now also takes into account academics, sportsmanship and community service.
Under the new scoring system the highest Gallaudet has placed is sixth overall in 2014-15. The highest the Bison have placed all-time in the NEAC Presidents' Cup is fourth in 2010-11, GU's first season in the conference.
Gallaudet's NEAC Presidents' Cup Standings
Note: Since 2014-15, the NEAC Presidents' Cup takes into account academics, sportsmanship and community service.
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