DePauw Takes Fall Lead In 2017-18 NCAC All-Sports Race (11/17/17)
DePauw University posted top-five finishes in six of the seven fall championship sports to take the early lead in the race for the 2017-18 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports championship.
The Tigers' lone league title in the fall season came from the men's cross country team, while the football team and volleyball squad both posted second-place finishes in their respective league races. Rounding out the list of top-five finishes for the Tigers was the field hockey team in fourth, the men's soccer team in fifth and the women's cross country squad in fifth, while women's soccer finished in a tie for sixth as DePauw closed out the fall season with 51.0 points and a slim two-and-a-half point lead over Denison (48.5) for the coveted Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. Denison earned top-four finishes in five fall sports, highlighted by the field hockey team sharing the 2017 league title with Kenyon.
Kenyon, which also won league titles in men's and women's soccer, sits just one point behind Denison in third-place with 47.5 points, while Wittenberg checked in at fourth with 46.0 points after winning outright conference championships once again in both football and volleyball. Ohio Wesleyan currently sits in fifth with 42.5 points, followed by Wooster (34.5), Allegheny (32.), Oberlin (31.5), Wabash (24.5) and Hiram (13.0). Allegheny earned the final championship of the fall season with its league-leading 14th title in women's cross country.
The All-Sports champion earns the Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy, given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 23 sports. Ten points are awarded for a first-place finish, nine for a second, eight for a third, and so on. Men's and women's performances are combined, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs. Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run, leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (twice), a tie between Denison and OWU in 2009. Wittenberg earned its second All-Sports title in 2010, followed by Denison in 2011 and DePauw in 2012. Denison then claimed back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, before DePauw regained the championship in 2015. The Big Red then reclaimed the title 2015-16 academic year, while DePauw recaptured the prize again in 2016-17.
Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 152 team championships during the NCAC's 34 playing seasons. Denison is next with 140 titles, followed by Allegheny (116), Kenyon (114) , Wittenberg (102), Wooster (81), DePauw (23), Wabash (22), Oberlin (17) and Hiram (2).
DePauw University posted top-four finishes in all seven fall championship sports to take a lead in the race for the 2016-17 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports championship.
North Coast Athletic Conference 2017-18
|Men's Standings||1.||DePauw||51.0||Women's Standings|
|10.||Hiram||6.0||* - Wabash is an all-male institution|
2016-17 - DePauw
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