GREENWOOD, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has captured the 13th annual Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup. The award is given to the athletic department that registers the most all-sports points in both men's and women's athletics during the academic year. Rose-Hulman garnered 142 total points during the 2017-18 campaign, winning the award for a record seventh time.
The Engineers earned 74.5 points in men's competition during the year, earning the men's trophy for the tenth time in 11 years. Rose-Hulman also finished first in the HCAC Women's All-Sports race with 67.5 points.
Rose-Hulman registered nine conference championships during the academic year. The Engineers won titles in men's and women's basketball, men's tennis, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field and men's and women's cross country. The Rose-Hulman athletic programs were consistent across the board, claiming second-place finishes in football and women's golf, and four third-place finishes for the academic year.
The Engineers finished 17 points ahead of second-place Hanover College in the Commissioner's Cup standings. The Panthers finished with 125 total points. Transylvania University finished third in the standings with 104.2 points and was followed by Franklin College with 103.1 points. Manchester University placed fifth with 97.8 points, while Earlham College (81.5), Mount St. Joseph University (80.8), Bluffton University (69.0), Anderson University (63.2), and Defiance College (54.3) rounded out the standings.
The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic department is led by Athletic Director Jeff Jenkins.
The 2017-18 academic year was the 13th for the Commissioner's Cup. The award is based on accumulation of points in the HCAC's 20 championships as well as men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse.