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Western Carolina Finishes Fourth & Fifth in Quest for SoCon's Commissioner's and Germann Cups

May 27, 2009

History of the German Cup

History of the Commissioner's Cup

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in its quest for the 2009 Southern Conference's Commissioner's and German Cups, which recognize the school fielding the league's best all-around men's and women's sports programs. Schools earn points based upon its regular season finish, with two bonus points going to the team that wins the conference tournament.

Spurred by a co-divisional regular season championship on the men's basketball hardwood and an outdoor track & field title, the Catamount men finished just seven points out of second place while posting its best finish since a third-place showing in 1993-94. It also represented WCU's third-best tally in the annual year-long competition all-time.

Western competes in all points-paying men's sports except soccer, tennis and wrestling.

Appalachian State's men and College of Charleston's women claimed their respective division cups following the completion of the 2008-09 athletics season. The Mountaineers, which field all 19 conference-sponsored men's and women's sports, has now won the Commissioner's Cup 29 times since entering the SoCon in 1971, earning 16 of the last 17 trophies. College of Charleston is one of just four schools to ever win the Germann Cup, joining Appalachian State, Chattanooga and Furman.

ASU claimed its fourth consecutive Cup with 87.5 points in the league's annual all-sports competition, finishing 17 points ahead of the second-place school, Chattanooga (70.5). Furman (69) finished third followed by Western Carolina (63) in fourth and Elon (62) rounding out the top five men's finishers.

Conference tournament championships in women's soccer and women's basketball aided the Catamount women to its fifth-place finish, just nine and a half points shy of first place, Charleston. The Cougars won a closely-contested race for the Germann Cup, claiming the award for excellence in women's athletics for the second time in school history.

Charleston (78) narrowly edged 2007-08 champion Chattanooga (77), which won championships in cross country, basketball (regular season) and softball (regular season and tournament). In third place was SoCon newcomer Samford, which compiled 76 points in its inaugural season in the league, followed by Furman (73) and Western Carolina (68.5) rounding out the top five, just 10 points shy of first-place.

Western's women have twice finished a school-best third overall in the race for the Germann Cup, doing so in consecutive seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

The Commissioner's Cup was inaugurated in 1970 and the Germann Cup was first awarded in 1987. The latter is named after former SoCon Commissioner, Ken Germann, who served as commissioner of the Southern Conference from 1974-86 and spearheaded the effort to introduce women's athletics to the league.

Commissioner's Cup
1. Appalachian State - 87.5
2. Chattanooga - 70.5
3. Furman - 69
4. Western Carolina - 63
5. Elon - 62
6t. Davidson - 60
6t. The Citadel - 60
8. UNC Greensboro - 56.5
9. Georgia Southern - 53
10. Samford - 52.5
11. Wofford - 51.5
12. College of Charleston - 38.5
13. VMI (wrestling only) - 7

Germann Cup
1. College of Charleston - 78
2. Chattanooga - 77
3. Samford - 76
4. Furman - 73
5. Western Carolina - 68.5
6. Appalachian State - 64.5
7. UNC Greensboro - 61
8. Georgia Southern - 58
9. Elon - 56
10. Davidson - 45.5
11. Wofford - 22
12. The Citadel - 15.5