RHIT Claims HCAC Commissioner's Cup, Men's All-Sport Award


746-hcac-awards-2014TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic department earned the 2013-14 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup for its all-around athletic performance during the current academic year.

In addition, Rose-Hulman captured the league's Men's All-Sports Trophy for the sixth time in the last seven years and the third consecutive year due to consistent performances in the nine men's sports sponsored by the college. 

The Commissioner's Cup is awarded to the institution accumulating the most standings points in the HCAC's 22 league championship events and is widely regarded as the most prestigious honor among the 10 conference institutions.  The Fightin' Engineers previously earned the Cup in 2008 and 2010, with 2014 marking the third Commissioner's Cup award in eight years as a conference member.

Rose-Hulman won the Commissioner's Cup with 128.5 points, outdistanding Hanover (121), Franklin (107.3) and Transylvania (106.2) in the all-around standings.

The Men's All-Sports Trophy returns to the athletic department in Rose-Hulman's most dominant conference-wide performance in the past six years.  The Fightin' Engineers tallied 75 points to outdistance Hanover and Franklin by 23 points each.

Every men's athletic team at Rose-Hulman finished in the top four in the HCAC this season, including conference championships or co-titles for football, basketball and track and field.  The cross country, soccer and tennis teams recorded second-place finishes, and the swimming team also scored maximum points.

On the women's side, Rose-Hulman recorded a second-place finish in golf and third-place efforts in softball and volleyball to place fourth overall with 53.5 points.

The Commissioner's Cup came into existence in 2005-06, and Rose-Hulman became the first institution to win the Cup on three occasions with this year's performance.

1) Rose-Hulman 128.5; 2) Hanover 121; 3) Franklin 107.3; 4) Transylvania 106.2; 5) Manchester 95.5; 6) Defiance 86; 7) Anderson 82.1; 8) Mount St. Joseph 71.2; 9) Bluffton 61; 10) Earlham 52.2

1) Rose-Hulman 75; 2) Franklin 52; 2) Hanover 52; 4) Manchester 47.7; 5) Defiance 47; 6) Transylvania 44.7; 7) Anderson 40.8; 8) Mt. St. Joseph 39.2; 9) Earlham 33.2; 10) Bluffton 29.5

1) Hanover 69; 2) Transylvania 61.5; 3) Franklin 55.3; 4) Rose-Hulman 53.5; 5) Manchester 47.8; 6) Anderson 41.3; 7) Defiance 39; 8) Mt. St. Joseph 32; 9) Bluffton 31.5; 10) Earlham 19