PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University athletics finished fifth in the 2016-17 River States Conference Commissioner's All-Sports Cup. The competition is a race for the top overall athletic department in the confernece, something that the Pioneers had laid claim to the previous two years and three times in the previous four years.
Point Park had six of its 13 RSC championship sports finish first or second in the conference and had three teams earn top points in the RSC Cup scoring system. The RSC Cup scoring is based on the standings for the regular season. For sports that don't have regular-season standings, the conference tournament or meet is used.
Point Park scored 90 total points in its 13 RSC championship sports. The Pioneers had an average score of 6.92, which was 1.08 behind RSC Cup winner University of Rio Grande (Ohio). The RedStorm had an average score of 8.0 and won in a tiebreaker over second-place IU Southeast, which also had an average of 8.0.
Point Park placed first in the scoring for baseball, volleyball and men's golf. The Pioneers scored runner-up points in women's soccer, men's track and field and women's track and field. Point Park went on to win the women's soccer conference tournament and also won the men's golf conference tournament.
The baseball and volleyball teams captured RSC regular-season championships while the track and field teams were both runner-up at the RSC championship meet. Other top team performances for the Pioneers included women's cross country taking third place and softball finishing in fourth place.
The RSC Cup standings are based on a 10-point scoring system. First place in a sport earns 10 points, second place earns nine and so on. For sports that have more than 10 schools competing, no points are earned for schools finishing below 10th place. Each school's point total is divided by the number of championship sports sponsored by that school, which produces an average point total of each sport out of 10.
The RSC Cup standings are tabulated based on regular-season finish in the sports that have regular-season standings. For sports that do not have regular-season standings, the championship meet or tournament is used.
Point Park joined the River States Conference in January 2012, and the league was known as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at the time. The 2016-17 years was Point Park's fifth year in the conference. The first four years had the Pioneers win the commissioner's cup three times. Point Park won the cup in its first year in the league of 2012-13 and also the previous two years before this past year of 2014-15 and 2015-16.
For the complete release on the RSC Commissioner's All-Sports Cup from the conference, click here.
2016-17 RSC COMMISSIONER'S ALL-SPORTS CUP -- FINAL STANDINGS
|1. Rio Grande (Ohio)**||11||88||8.00|
|2. IU Southeast||7||56||8.00|
|3. IU East||11||84||7.63|
|4. Asbury (Ky.)||13||92||7.08|
|5. Point Park (Pa.)||13||90||6.92|
|6. WVU Tech||12||72||6.00|
|7. Midway (Ky.)||10||58||5.80|
|8. Ohio Christian||15||74||4.93|
|9. IU Kokomo||7||34||4.86|
|10. Brescia (Ky.)||14||57||4.07|
|11. Cincinnati Christian||9||35||3.89|
|12. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)||7||17||2.43|
|13. Carlow (Pa.)||11||26||2.36|
**Rio Grande won the tiebreaker of number of championships won in 2016-17.
RSC/KIAC COMMISSIONER CUP CHAMPIONS (Since 2008)
|2016-17||Rio Grande (Ohio)|
|2015-16||Point Park (Pa.)|
|2014-15||Point Park (Pa.)|
|2012-13||Point Park (Pa.)|
The River States Conference has 13 members in five states of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The conference was known as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for its first 100 years of existence from 1916 to 2016. The league name was changed as part of a re-branding effort on July 1, 2016.