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Ottawa tops race for KCAC Cup

By The Herald Staff | 5/9/2014

WICHITA — Ottawa University accumulated 121 points over the three-sport seasons during 2013-2014 to claim the KCAC Commissioner’s Cup. The award will be presented at the 2014 KCAC Sport Management Conference Aug. 5 at Sterling College.

This spring, the Braves earned second-place finishes in softball and women’s golf along with third-place finishes in women’s tennis and men’s golf, which earned them 34 of its 54 spring points.

WICHITA — Ottawa University accumulated 121 points over the three-sport seasons during 2013-2014 to claim the KCAC Commissioner’s Cup. The award will be presented at the 2014 KCAC Sport Management Conference Aug. 5 at Sterling College.

This spring, the Braves earned second-place finishes in softball and women’s golf along with third-place finishes in women’s tennis and men’s golf, which earned them 34 of its 54 spring points.

Ottawa earned significant points with second-place finishes in four sports (football, women’s cross country, women’s golf, and softball) and third-place finishes in four sports (women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s golf, and women’s tennis).

The Braves brought home the cup by scoring 44 points in the fall (tied for second with Tabor), 23 points in the winter (sixth among all 10 conference members) and 54 points in the spring (tied for first with Bethany).

“The entire OU community is excited and honored to win the KCAC Commissioner’s Cup race in a year that was so competitive and full of success stories,” OU director of athletics Arabie Conner said. “It was a fun year for our teams and it’s great to see the overall competitiveness and strength of the conference continue to grow.  

“We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of our coaches, support staff, and student-athletes day after day in the classroom and on the fields. We are very fortunate to have a high level of administrative commitment, belief and support for athletics on our campus.”

Southwestern College totaled 119 points to finish second in the Cup race.

The Moundbuilders accumulated 58 points from four championships (women’s golf, women’s basketball, men’s indoor track, and women’s indoor track) and two runner-up finishes (men’s cross country and men’s golf).

The Moundbuilders kept the race close by scoring 37 points in the fall (fifth), 33 points in the winter (second), and 49 in the spring (third).

2013-2014 final standings

Ottawa        121

Southwestern        119

Friends        118

McPherson        116

Tabor            107

Bethany        99

Kansas Wesleyan    99

Sterling        93

Saint Mary        64

Bethel            45

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