posted March 5, 2001

Hope Leads MIAA All-Sports Standings After Winter Season

Hope College is in first place in every category of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) all- sports standings after the winter season.

The MIAA presents separate awards for the best cumulative finish in men's and women's sports as well as an award for the best cumulative finish in all league sports (men and women).

The separate awards are known as the Men's All-Sports Award and the Women's All-Sports Award while the cumulative award is known as the Commissioner's Cup.

Hope is in first in the overall Commissioner's Cup standings as well as the men's and women's all-sports standings. Calvin is the defending Commissioner's Cup champion.

Hope and Calvin rank one-two in every category. In the Commissioner's Cup standings, Hope has 116 points, followed by Calvin 106, Albion 88, 4. Kalamazoo 85. 5. Alma 74, 6. Olivet 38 and 7. Adrian 30.

Hope has 54 points in the men's all-sports standings followed by Calvin 48, Kalamazoo 39, Albion and Alma 34 each, Olivet 22 and Adrian 11. In the women's standings, Hope has 62 followed by Calvin 58, Albion 54, Kalamazoo 46, Alma 40, Saint Mary's 20, Adrian 19 and Olivet 16.

The final standings for the all-sports awards will be determined on the basis of each college's standings in eight of nine sports for men and eight of nine sports for women. These point-totals will be added together to determine the winner of the Commissioners' Cup. The standings after the winter season are based on five of six sports for men and five of six for women.

The Commissioner's Cup (MIAA All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35. Hope has won the award a league-leading 22 times followed by Albion 14, Kalamazoo 13, Calvin 8 and Alma 5.

So far this year Hope has crowned conference champions in four sports -- women's basketball, football men's golf and volleyball.