Hope College is in first place in the 2016-17 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Commissioner’s Cup all-sports standings after the fall season.
Hope totaled 61.5 points boosted by a league-high four MIAA regular-season championships out of eight sports: women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, and women’s soccer.
Hope also finished second in football and volleyball, fourth in men’s cross country and sixth in men’s soccer.
The Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league's 22 sports, 11 per gender; each school counts its top eight finishes by gender.
This is the third year of a Commissioner’s Cup scoring formula introduced in 2014-15 that awards the same number of points to the MIAA champion in each sport, regardless of gender. The points sequence awarded to women is 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and on the men’s side it is 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2.
The fall update includes each team's MIAA finish in four men's and four women's sports.
Hope has won the Commissioner’s Cup (all-sports) award 35 times, followed by Kalamazoo (15), Albion (14), Calvin (11) and Alma (5). It was first presented in 1934-35.