MOUNT PLEASANT Central Michigan University men’s athletics teams turned in the top cumulative performance in the Mid-American Conference standings this school year as the Chippewas were awarded the league’s prestigious Reese Trophy at the annual MAC meetings in Chicago on Wednesday. It marks the second time in school history CMU has earned the award.
The Reese (men’s) and Jacoby (women’s) Trophies are awarded to the respective schools with the best overall athletic teams each school year. Ohio captured the women’s Jacoby Trophy while CMU finished sixth.
The Chippewa men were buoyed by MAC titles in football and wrestling, and runner-up finishes in cross country and baseball. Also included in CMU’s score was a fourth-place finish in outdoor track and field and a seventh-place showing in basketball.
“We are very proud of the efforts of our student-athletes and coaches in the competitive arena this year,” Athletics Director Dave Heeke said. “The Reese Trophy, combined with winning the MAC Academic Achievement Award nine of the last 10 years, truly illustrates the championship culture that is so prevalent at CMU.
“Each year, our goal is to strive toward being one of the premier athletic programs in the Mid-American Conference and contend for these two awards.”
Points for the trophies are awarded based on each school’s finish, with the overall total divided by the number of sports sponsored by each school. An institution may count either indoor track and field or outdoor track and field but not both.
CMU earned 61.5 points in its six men’s sports for an average score of 10.25. Kent State was the runner-up with an average of 9.64 in seven sports.
The trophy is named for former MAC Commissioner David E. Reese. Reese was the first-ever MAC Commissioner and served the league from its inception in 1946 until 1964.
The only other time CMU won the Reese Trophy was in 2001 when men’s basketball and wrestling each won titles. The Chippewa men have finished in the top three of the Reese standings in five of the last eight years.
Third-place finishes by the CMU women in soccer and outdoor track and field helped the Chippewas to sixth place in the Jacoby standings. CMU finished with an average score of 7.56 in eight sports.
Jacoby champion Ohio had a 9.94 average in nine sports while runner-up Bowling Green had a 7.98 average in 10 sports.
The women’s trophy is named for former MAC Commissioner Fred Jacoby (1971-82) who is credited with incorporating women’s athletics into the league’s structure.
CMU has earned the Jacoby Trophy twice 1990 and ’91.
2006-07 Reese Trophy Standings
1. Central Michigan (10.25 - 6 sports)
2. Kent State (9.64 - 7 sports)
3. Eastern Michigan (9.13 - 8 sports)
4. Akron (8.86 - 7 sports)
5. Western Michigan (8.50 - 5 sports)
6. Ohio (6.66 - 8 sports)
7. Miami (6.64 - 7 sports)
t-8. Northern Illinois (6.25 - 7 sports)
t-8. Toledo (6.25 - 6 sports)
10. Ball State (5.96 - 6 sports)
11. Buffalo (4.47 - 9 sports)
12. Bowling Green (3.00 - 6 sports)
2006-07 Jacoby Trophy Standings
1. Ohio (9.94 - 9 sports)
2. Bowling Green (7.98 - 10 sports)
3. Kent State (7.89 - 9 sports)
4. Miami (7.61 - 9 sports)
5. Ball State (7.59 - 11 sports)
6. Central Michigan (7.56 - 8 sports)
7. Eastern Michigan (7.55 - 10 sports)
8. Western Michigan (7.33 - 9 sports)
9. Toledo (6.61 - 9 sports)
10. Buffalo (5.25 - 8 sports)
11. Akron (5.13 - 8 sports)
12. Northern Illinois (4.92 - 9 sports)