DEPAUW TAKES EARLY LEAD IN NCAC ALL-SPORTS RACE (11/18/16)
DePauw University posted top-four finishes in all seven fall championship sports to take a lead in the race for the 2016-17 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports championship.
The Tigers' lone league title in the fall season came from the field hockey team, while men's cross country, football and volleyball all posted second-place finishes in their respective sports. In addition, the Tigers also posted third-place finishes in women's cross country and women's soccer, while the men's soccer team finished fourth overall as DPU rounded out the fall season with 59.0 total points and a comanding 13.0-point lead over Wittenberg (46.0) for the coveted Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. Wittenberg earned top-four finishes in four fall sports, which included outright NCAC titles in football, women's soccer and volleyball.
Denison, which finished second in field hockey, football and women's soccer, is just a half a point behind Wittenberg in third-place with 45.5 points, while Kenyon checked in at fourth with 44.5 points after posting its second-straight league title in men's soccer. Ohio Wesleyan checked in at fifth with 42.5 points, while Oberlin was sixth with 32.0 points and Allegheny and Wooster tied for the seventh position with 31.5 points each. Wabash (24.0) and Hiram (15.0) rounded out the NCAC All-Sports standings following the fall season. Allegheny picked up the final two conference crowns of the fall season as both the men's and women's cross country teams won their second-straight league titles.
The All-Sports champion earns the Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy, given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 23 sports. Ten points are awarded for a first-place finish, nine for a second, eight for a third, and so on. Men's and women's performances are combined, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs. Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run, leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (twice), a tie between Denison and OWU in 2009. Wittenberg earned its second All-Sports title in 2010, followed by Denison in 2011 and DePauw in 2012. Denison then claimed back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, before DePauw regained the championship in 2015. The Big Red then reclaimed the title once again in the 2015-16 academic year.
Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 150 team championships during the NCAC's 33 playing seasons. Denison is next with 135 titles, followed by Allegheny (115), Kenyon (109) , Wittenberg (97), Wooster (80), Wabash (21), DePauw (21), Oberlin (15), and Hiram (2).
North Coast Athletic Conference 2016-17
|Men's Standings||1.||DePauw||59.0||Women's Standings|
|Ohio Wesleyan||19.0||5.||Ohio Wesleyan
|10.||Hiram||7.5||* - Wabash is an all-male institution||
2015-16 - Denison
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