CMU Finishes in Top Three in MAC All-Sports Standings

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University has finished in the top three in the 2010 Mid-American Conference all-sports standings.

The Chippewas finished second in the race for the Reese Trophy, presented to the top men's all-sports program, and third in the competition for the Jacoby Trophy, awarded to the top women's program.

This is the second straight year CMU has finished runner-up for the Reese Trophy. The Chippewas have finished in the top three of the Reese Trophy standings each of the last seven years.

CMU's third-place finish in the Jacoby Trophy standings was its highest since 2004.

“This has been one of the most successful years in our recent history," said CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke. "Starting with the announcement of the Cartwright Award in the fall and through five MAC championships and three national rankings, we have a lot to be proud of this year. We have seen the effects in our recruiting, our fund-raising and our facilities, and we are carrying some great momentum already into the fall.”

CMU claimed conference championships in football, women's soccer, wrestling, gymnastics and baseball during the 2009-10 academic year. The Chippewas added conference tournament titles in women's soccer and wrestling, and the baseball program is the No. 1 seed in this weekend's conference tournament. CMU's men's basketball program also repeated as the MAC West Division champion.

The football, wrestling and gymnastics programs all were ranked in the top 25 nationally during their respective seasons.

In November, CMU was named the inaugural recipient of the MAC's Cartwright Award. Presented annually to the MAC university that most completely demonstrates citizenship, and academic and athletic success, the Cartwright Award is the MAC's top institutional award.

MAC member institutions earn Reese Trophy and Jacoby Trophy points based on their respective finishes in each sport, with the institution’s overall point total divided by the number of sports sponsored. An institution may count either indoor track and field or outdoor track and field but not both.

CMU’s six men’s programs tallied 60.5 points for an average of 10.08. Kent State won the Reese Trophy with an average of 10.35.

The Chippewas’ eight women’s programs scored 77 points for an average of 9.63. Kent State also won the Jacoby Trophy with an average of 10.25.

Twelve MAC-sponsored sports honor a regular season champion and are awarded points based on their regular season conference winning percentage: baseball, men's and women's basketball, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, volleyball and wrestling.

Eleven sports are awarded points based on the results of the conference tournament or championship event: men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field and gymnastics.
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