2016-17 MIAC All-Sports Competition - Fall Update

2016-17 MIAC All-Sports Competition - Fall Update

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) just closed the books on an outstanding 2016 fall season, and the updated All-Sports Competition standings show a tie at the top between two men's rivals, and a dominant fall for the University of St. Thomas women.

The Tommie women won two MIAC championships and finished in the top four in all four fall sports to build a healthy lead in the conference's women's All-Sports Standings. On the men's side, rivals Saint John's University and St. Thomas are deadlocked with 35 points each to share first place after the fall results were tabulated

The MIAC All-Sports competition takes a comprehensive look at each institutions' performance within the conference to award an overall champion for each gender. The fall update includes final results for golf, cross country, soccer, volleyball and football. The men's competition began in 1963-64, with the women's competition added in 1983-84.

2016-17 MIAC All-Sports Standings |

Starting in the 2003-2004 season, the determination of the All-Sports standings altered slightly. First place points are determined by the number of teams participating in that sport. Second place, third place, etc., receive points in a descending order, based on the first place point total. Ties in the standings result in the two teams tied sharing the points equally for all tied spots in the standings.

The Tommie women racked up 41.5 points this fall and lead the MIAC All-Sports standings by 13 points with four sports in the books. UST used conference titles in soccer and cross country, a second-place volleyball finish and a fourth-place golf showing to rack up its total. Right behind St. Thomas is a trio of teams tied for second, as Bethel, Carleton and Gustavus each finished the fall with 28.5 All-Sports points as all three had solid comprehensive showins throughout the season.

St. Catherine celebrated its first-ever MIAC golf title in October, which helped the Wildcats score 28 All-Sports points, as they sit just half-point out of second place. Augsburg, which won the volleyball championship and tied for second in soccer, is sixth with a total of 26.5, just a half-point ahead of seventh-place Saint Benedict (26). St. Olaf (21), Hamline (17), Concordia (16.5), Macalester (14) and Saint Mary's (13.5) round out the rest of the women's standings, with just 15 points separating second from 12th, which should results in an exciting battle up and down the standings in the winter and spring seasons.

On the men's side, the Tommies won a pair of MIAC titles in football and soccer, while Saint John's claimed the golf crown and second-place finishes in football and cross country, to leave both with 35 points and a first-place tie atop the standings. Gustavus had a solid all-around fall with a second-place showing in golf and third-place finishes in cross country and soccer to rank third with 31.5 points. Bethel and St. Olaf each scored 20.5 points to share fourth place, with the Oles winning the cross country title and Bethel turning in strong performances in golf and football.

The nexst four spots in the standings were separated by just two points, as Augsburg slotted in at No. 7 with 15 points, Concordia (15) is just a point back in eighth and Hamline (14.5) and Macalester (14) are right on the Cobbers' heels in ninth and 10th, respectively, Saint Mary's rounded out the men's standings with 9.5 points, with just 11 points separating spots 4-10 in the men's All-Sports standings with four sports in the books. 

The MIAC All-Sports standings will be updated throughout the 2016-17 season following the conclusion of each conference championship event or the regular season for team sports. There will be another standings update following the winter season, and the final standings and champions will be announced following the final spring championship events.

The winner of each gender's competition receives a traveling trophy in honor of its accomplishment. The George Durenberger Trophy is awarded to the men's champion and was donated by Saint John's, and the Pat Wiesner Trophy is awarded to the women's champ and was donated by Macalester College. Last season, the University of St. Thomas swept the men's and women's titles for the eighth-straight season.

2016-17 MIAC All-Sports Standings (Fall Update)

Men's Standings
T1. Saint John's - 35
   T1. St. Thomas - 35  
3. Gustavus - 31.5
T4. Bethel - 20.5
T4. Carleton - 20.5
T4. St. Olaf - 20.5
7. Augsburg - 16
8. Concordia - 15
9. Hamline - 14.5
10. Macalester - 14
  11. Saint Mary's - 9.5  
Women's Standings
1. St. Thomas - 41.5
T2. Bethel - 28.5
T2. Carleton - 28.5
T2. Gustavus - 28.5   
5. St. Catherine - 28
6. Augsburg - 26.5
  7. Saint Benedict - 26  
8. St. Olaf - 21
9. Hamline - 17
10. Concordia - 16.5
11. Macalester - 14
  12. Saint Mary's - 13.5  

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