TRINITY LEADS SCAC PRESIDENTS' TROPHY RACE

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Following the completion of the fall season, Trinity University holds the early lead for the 2019-20 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Presidents' Trophy. Complete Fall Standings

The Tigers picked up regular season titles in women's soccer and volleyball and finished second in men's and women's cross country in accumulating 207.5 total points.

Trinity currently own a 20-point lead over second-place Colorado College.

The system used for distributing Presidents' Trophy points was tweaked last year to allow for participation by transitioning member institutions, Johnson & Wales University Denver and University of St. Thomas. Points, which had been awarded based off finish at the conference championship event, are now awarded based on regular season finish (for those sports that conduct regular season play). For the sports of cross country, swimming and diving, golf, lacrosse, tennis and track and field, points will continue to be awarded based on championship finish. 

In pursuit of its ninth-straight all-sports trophy, Trinity picked up 207.5 points over the fall season, winning the women's soccer regular season title and a share of the regular season volleyball crown. In addition, the Tigers finished as runner-up at both the men's and women's cross country championships and took fourth in the men's soccer regular season standings.

Colorado College had its strongest fall since joining the conference prior to the 2006-07 season, earning championships in every fall sport in which it participates. The CC Tigers swept both the men's and women's cross country titles, earned its first-ever men's soccer regular season title and shared the volleyball regular season crown with Trinity to finish the fall with 187.5 points.

Southwestern University is third in the all-sports standings with 152.5 points and University of Dallas is fourth with 130 points.  

Rounding out the fall Presidents' Trophy standings, Texas Lutheran University is fifth with 127.5 points and SCAC newcomer University of St. Thomas is sixth with 117.5 points. Austin College sits in seventh with 102.5 points, Johnson & Wales University (Denver) is eighth with 85 points, Centenary College is ninth with 72.5 points and Schreiner University is 10th with 42.5 points.

SCAC PRESIDENT'S TROPHY QUICK FACTS

The symbol of conference supremacy is the 300-pound railroad bell which was donated to the SCAC by the Norfolk and Western Railroad. This bell, the "Presidents' Trophy", is a rotating award and goes to the school with the best overall sports record for the year.

The bell has been a part of the conference since its inception in 1962. In fact, the first conference logo, when the league was known as the College Athletic Conference, has the image of the bell incorporated into it.

The Presidents' Trophy is displayed for one year on the campus of the school with the combined men's and women's athletics program that accumulates the highest points total in the all-sports race.

The system used for distributing Presidents' Trophy points was tweaked last year (2018-19) to allow for participation by transitioning member institutions, Johnson & Wales University Denver and University of St. Thomas. Points, which had been awarded based off finish at the conference championship event, will now be awarded based on regular season finish (for those sports that conduct regular season play). For the sports of cross country, swimming and diving, golf, lacrosse, tennis and track and field, points will continue to be awarded based on championship finish. 

As has been the case, points will continue to be awarded from the bottom up. A last place finish in any particular sport is worth 5 points with points being awarded in five-point increments for each place, up to first place.

SCAC Presidents' Trophy - Archived Year-by-Year Results

Year - Winner
1962-63 - Washington (Mo.)
1963-64 - Washington (Mo.)
1964-65 - Washington (Mo.)
1965-66 - Washington (Mo.)
1966-67 - Southwestern (Tenn.)
1967-68 - Washington & Lee
1968-69 - Washington & Lee
1969-70 - Washington (Mo.)
1970-71 - Washington (Mo.)
1971-72 - Washington & Lee
1972-73 - Washington & Lee
1973-74 - Sewanee
1974-75 - Rose-Hulman
1975-76 - Rose-Hulman / Sewanee (tie)
1976-77 - Centre
1977-78 - Principia
1978-79 - Southwestern (Tenn.)
1979-80 - Sewanee
1980-81 - Rose-Hulman
1981-82 - Rose-Hulman
1982-83 - Rose-Hulman
1983-84 - Centre
1984-85 - Rose-Hulman
1985-86 - Rose-Hulman
1986-87 - Rose-Hulman
1987-88 - Rose-Hulman
1988-89 - Rose-Hulman
1989-90 - Centre
1990-91 - Centre
1991-92 - Centre / Rhodes (tie)
1992-93 - Rhodes
1993-94 - Trinity
1994-95 - Trinity
1995-96 - Trinity
1996-97 - Trinity
1997-98 - Trinity
1998-99 - Trinity
1999-00 - Trinity
2000-01 - DePauw
2001-02 - Trinity
2002-03 - Trinity
2003-04 - Trinity
2004-05 - Trinity
2005-06 - DePauw
2006-07 - DePauw
2007-08 - DePauw
2008-09 - DePauw
2009-10 - DePauw
2010-11 - DePauw
2011-12 - Trinity
2012-13 - Trinity
2013-14 - Trinity
2014-15 - Trinity
2015-16 - Trinity
2016-17 - Trinity
2017-18 - Trinity
2018-19 - Trinity
 
SCAC Presidents' Trophy
All-time program wins
 
Trinity - 19
Rose-Hulman - 10
DePauw - 7
Washington (Mo.) - 6
Centre - 5
Southwestern (Tenn.) / Rhodes - 4
Washington & Lee - 4
Sewanee - 3
Principia - 1