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Western Carolina Women Second, Men Seventh in Race for SoCon Germann and Commissioner's Cups

March 26, 2009

Cullowhee, N.C. - On the strength of its second Southern Conference women's basketball tournament title and runner-up finish at the indoor track & field championships, the Western Carolina women have made a jump from seventh to second in the standings in the race for the SoCon's Germann Cup.

The Catamount men, aided by a co-divisional championship by the men's basketball team and runner-up showing during indoor track & field in the winter, are currently seventh in the standings for the Commissioner's Cup as the SoCon today released the updated standings through the Winter championship season.

Appalachian State - the only school in the conference to field all 19 sports - leads on the men's side in the chase for the Commissioner's Cup, while conference newcomer, Samford, is atop the women's Germann Cup race.

WCU, who's best-ever finish in the women's competition is third accomplished twice all-time (2006-07, 2005-06), trails Samford - which has not finished below fourth in any final standings thus far this year - by 8.5 points. Last year's Germann Cup winner, Chattanooga, sits in third place with 40 points following a regular-season championship in women's basketball.

Following the Lady Mocs are College of Charleston (39.5 points), Furman (38 points), UNC Greensboro (34 points), Davidson (33.5 points), Appalachian State (33 points), Georgia Southern (30 points), Elon (26 points), Wofford (12 points) and The Citadel (7.5 points).

With 61 points, the Mountaineers, who are looking to win their fourth straight Chattanooga (49.5 points) made a jump from eighth to second following a strong winter that included a wrestling regular season and conference meet championship, a men's basketball tournament championship and a fourth-place indoor track and field finish. The Citadel (37 points) made an even bigger move from 12th-to-third place after finishing second in men's basketball's South Division and securing a pair of third-place finishes in indoor track and field and wrestling.

Following the Bulldogs are Furman (36 points), Davidson (36 points), UNC Greensboro (33 points), Western Carolina (32 points), Elon (32 points), Samford (31.5 points), Wofford (28 points), Georgia Southern (21 points), College of Charleston (20 points) and VMI (seven points), who competes in wrestling only.

Western's best-ever finish on the men's side is second back in 1984-85 in the nine-team league, with its second-best coming in 1993-94 with a third-place showing in the 10-team conference.

The Commissioner's and Germann Cups are awarded annually to the Southern Conference schools fielding the league's best all-around men's and women's sports programs. Schools earn points based upon their regular season finish, with two bonus points going to the team that wins the conference tournament. Sports that only meet head-to-head during the conference tournament receive points based on order of finish at the championship event.

The Commissioner's Cup originated in 1970 and the Germann Cup was first awarded in 1987. The latter is named after former SoCon Commissioner Ken Germann, who was instrumental in bringing women's sports to the conference.

Appalachian State has claimed the Commissioner's Cup 28 times since entering the SoCon in 1971, winning 16 of the last 17 cups.

Only four schools have won the Germann Cup with Furman winning 12 straight from 1993 through 2004. Appalachian State won the first six cups from 1987-1992 and grabbed two more from 2006-2007, while College of Charleston garnered the award in 2004-05. Last season Chattanooga won its first Germann Cup.

2008-09 Commissioner's Cup (Men's)
1. Appalachian State - 61
2. Chattanooga - 49.5
3. The Citadel - 37
4. Furman - 36
4. Davidson - 36
6. UNC Greensboro - 33
7. Western Carolina - 32
7. Elon - 32
9. Samford - 31.5
10. Wofford - 28
11. Georgia Southern - 21
12. College of Charleston - 20
13. VMI (wrestling only) - 7

2008-09 Germann Cup (Women's)
1. Samford - 52
2. Western Carolina - 43.5
3. Chattanooga - 40
4. College of Charleston - 39.5
5. Furman - 38
6. UNC Greensboro - 34
7. Davidson - 33.5
8. Appalachian State - 33
9. Georgia Southern - 30
10. Elon - 26
11. Wofford - 12
12. The Citadel - 7.5