Tuesday, 09 July 2024 15:31


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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – On Tuesday, the Great American Conference announced Harding University as the winner of the 2023-24 Commissioner’s Cup and the President’s Trophy. The Bisons and Lady Bisons captured both All-Sports championships for the third-straight season.

The GAC determines the winner of the Commissioner’s Cup to the GAC school that totals the most cumulative points in the 14 countable sports of men’s and women’s cross country, football, volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s tennis, men’s women’s track & field, men’s and women’s golf, softball and baseball while the President’s Trophy goes to the program that earns the highest percentage of points based on the sports they sponsor.

Harding won the Commissioner’s Cup for the fifth time and garnered its third President’s Trophy. The Bisons earned outright conference titles in football and men’s track & field. In postseason play, they captured the program’s first football national title and placed third in the country in track & field. They shared titles in volleyball and baseball. They added top-three finishes in men’s cross country, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, women’s track & field and softball.

Oklahoma Baptist finished second in both standings. The Bison won or shared championships in women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s track & field and softball. They registered second-place showings in men’s cross country and men’s track & field.

Southern Arkansas took third in the Commissioner’s Cup while Henderson finished third in the President’s Trophy standings.  SAU’s women’s tennis team tied for the regular-season title. A tie for second in football plus top-three finishes in men’s golf and men’s track & field also boosted the Muleriders’ tally. The Reddies swept both golf championships for the third-straight season. They joined SAU in a tie for second in football.

Arkansas Tech finished in fourth in both standings. The Wonder Boys picked up titles in men’s basketball and baseball. The Golden Suns’ cross country took third.

Southern Nazarene placed sixth in the Commissioner’s Cup standings, while Ouachita Baptist took sixth for the President’s Trophy. The Crimson Storm won their second-straight women’s basketball title. They took second in softball and tied for second in women’s soccer. The Tigers finished as runners up at the Women’s Cross Country Championships and tied for second in football.

Southeastern Oklahoma State picked up two regular-season titles - men’s basketball and women’s tennis - to finish seventh in the President’s Trophy standings.

Northwestern Oklahoma State recorded two third-place showings in men’s and women’s basketball and finished ninth for the Commissioner’s Cup. East Central swept the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country titles in the fall. The men went on to run third at the National Championships.

Southwestern Oklahoma State finished 10th in both standings while Arkansas-Monticello rounded out the results. The Weevils won the program’s third baseball regular-season title.



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