MAC Announces Final All-Sports Award Standings

MOUNT PLEASANT Central Michigan University has finished in a tie for second place in the standings for the Mid-American Conference’s Reese Trophy.

The Reese Trophy is the all-sports award presented to the conference program with the best overall men’s athletics teams. CMU finished fourth in the race for the Jacoby Trophy, presented to the top women’s program in the MAC.

Member institutions earn 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 46.5 points for an average of 7.75. The Chippewas’ eight women’s programs scored 64.25 points, an average of 8.03.

CMU has finished in the top three in the Reese Trophy standings each of the last six years. The Chippewas’ fourth-place finish in the Jacoby Trophy standings was the highest since 2004.

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

Eleven sports are awarded points based on the MAC Championship/tournament finish: cross country, golf, swimming and diving, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and gymnastics.

The men’s trophy is named for former MAC Commissioner David E. Reese. Reese was the first MAC Commissioner and served the league from its inception in 1946 until 1964. The women’s trophy is named for former MAC Commissioner Fred Jacoby. Jacoby was the MAC Commissioner from 1971-82 and is credited with incorporating women’s athletics into the league’s structure.

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