May 20, 2012
BEAUMONT - With first place finishes in cross country and golf, Lamar University earned the top spot in the Southland Conference Commissioner's Cup Men's All-Sport standings for its best finish since placing second in 2008.
The Cardinals edged Stephen F. Austin 67.5-65.5 to win the Men's All-Sport trophy. Combined with the 61.5 points scored by the Lady Cardinals, Lamar finished fourth overall in the Southland Conference Commissioner's Cup standings.
SFA won the overall trophy with 145.5 total points, with Texas State (140.0), UTSA (138.5), Lamar (129.0) and Sam Houston State (120.5) rounding out the top five. The Lumberjacks have won two of the last three Commissioner's Cups.
"We are very proud of the year that all of our student-athletes had," said LU interim athletics director Jason Henderson. "We are proud of the work done on the field and especially in the classroom by our student-athletes. It is a great sign of the quality student- athletes, staff, and coaches that we have at Lamar and the support of Dr. (James) Simmons and the entire Lamar family for our continued success."
The Commissioner's Cup is awarded annually to the top overall athletics program in the Southland. Texas State leads all member institutions with four. In the 15-year history of the Commissioner's Cup, UT Arlington and Sam Houston State each have three, Stephen F. Austin and UTSA have two apiece, and Northwestern State has one.
The Southland Conference all-sports trophies are awarded annually for men's and women's competition based on a 12-point system for all conference sports. Point values are 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1, pending place of finish. Regular-season standings are used for sports that have a conference tournament. The Commissioner's Cup is awarded to the university compiling the highest combined total of men's and women's all-sports points.
Lamar, which also picked up a third place finish in men's basketball, won its league-leading 24th title in men's golf and its sixth straight championship in men's cross country.
The Lady Cardinals were fifth overall in the Women's All-Sport standings after getting third place finishes in soccer, cross country and golf for their three highest league finishes. Lamar will also be able to add points starting next season when softball officially begins play.