June 5, 2007
Cullowhee, N.C. - Spurred by a women's basketball regular season championship and the school's second conference title in women's golf, Western Carolina duplicated its best-ever finish in the race for the Southern Conference's Germann Cup by finishing third overall. WCU improved its finish in the race for the Commissioner's Cup by one spot over last season, finishing sixth overall on the men's side following a repeat of the men's outdoor track & field title and a baseball regular season co-championship.
The final standings in the "Race for the Cups" were announced this week by the SoCon offices in Spartanburg, S.C. The Commissioner's and Germann Cups are awarded annually to the Southern Conference school fielding the league's best all-around men's and women's sports programs, respectively. Schools earn points based upon final regular season standings, with bonus points awarded to the team that wins the conference championships or post-season tournament.
Appalachian State - the only school in the conference to field all 19 SoCon-sponsored sports - swept both the cup awards for the 2006-07 season, marking the seventh-time in league history the Mountaineers have won both cups in the same year. All told, only three schools - Appalachian, Furman and the College of Charleston - have ever won the Germann Cup, with the 37 Commissioner's Cup awards divided among five schools - ASU, Chattanooga, East Carolina, East Tennessee State and William & Mary.
This season, the Catamount women were a mere three and a half points shy of finishing tied for first with Appalachian, which tallied 70 overall points including first-or-second place points in cross country, volleyball and both track & field seasons. Furman (67.5) edged Western (66.5) by a single point, with the College of Charleston nipping at the Catamounts' heels in fourth with 66 points and Chattanooga (63.5) rounding out the top five.
WCU's women scored a maximum number of points - 11 - by winning the SoCon Golf Championship at Patriot's Point, and split the top-spot with Chattanooga by sharing the women's basketball regular season championship for 10.5 points. Western also scored well in track & field, combining to score 19 points with its runner-up and third-place showings during the indoor and outdoor season, respectively.
On the men's side, Western just missed the top five by five and a half points, finishing with 51.5 points behind Furman with 57. UNC Greensboro was second in the Commissioner's Cup standings, 16 points behind ASU, while Chattanooga was third with 64 points and Davidson (60.5) in fourth.
Aided by its 11th baseball regular season championship all-time, Western advanced one position in the final standings after the spring championship season to finish sixth. WCU also scored well with first-place points from the men's outdoor track & field championship. The Catamount men compete in every conference sport with the exception of men's soccer, men's tennis and wrestling.
The Commissioner's Cup was inaugurated in 1970, while the Germann Cup was first awarded in 1987 and named for the late Ken Germann, a former SoCon commissioner who passed away in 2005. Western Carolina has been in contention for the Commissioner's Cup since 1977-78, and has battled for the Germann Cup since its inception in '87.
2006-07 Commissioner's Cup Final Standings (Men's Athletics) 1. Appalachian State 86.5 points 2. UNC Greensboro 70.5 points 3. Chattanooga 64 points 4. Davidson 60.5 points 5. Furman 57 points 6. WESTERN CAROLINA 51.5 points 7. Elon 51 points 8. C. of Charleston 46.5 points 9. The Citadel 44 points 10. Wofford 41.5 points 11. Georgia Southern 41 points 12. VMI (associate) 9 points
2006-07 Germann Cup Final Standings (Women's Athletics) 1. Appalachian State 70 points 2. Furman 67.5 points 3. WESTERN CAROLINA 66.5 points 4. C. of Charleston 66 points 5. Chattanooga 63.5 points 6. Davidson 53 points Elon 53 points 8. UNC Greensboro 51.5 points 9. Georgia Southern 51 points 10. Wofford 24 points 11. The Citadel 23 points