RHIT Retains Commissioner's Cup, All-Sports Trophy

RHIT Retains Commissioner's Cup, All-Sports Trophy

TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic department earned the 2015-16 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup for its all-around athletic performance for the third consecutive year.

In addition, Rose-Hulman captured the league's Men's All-Sports Trophy for the eighth time in nine years due to consistent performances in the nine men's sports sponsored by the college.  

The Commissioner's Cup is awarded to the institution accumulating the most standings points in the HCAC's league championship events and is widely regarded as the most prestigious honor among the 10 conference institutions.  The Fightin' Engineers previously earned the Cup in 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2015, with this year's award marking the fifth Commissioner's Cup award in 10 years as a conference member.

Rose-Hulman won the Commissioner's Cup with 130.3 points, outdistancing Hanover (127.3) and Franklin (115.2) in the all-around standings.

The Men's All-Sports Trophy returns to the athletic department in one of the Rose-Hulman's most dominant conference-wide performances in the past 10 years.  The Fightin' Engineers tallied 75.5 points to outdistance Hanover by 17 points and earn the men's title. 

Every men's athletic team at Rose-Hulman finished in the top five in the HCAC this season, including conference championships for cross country, soccer, baseball, tennis, and track and field.  The swimming team also scored maximum points.

On the women's side, Rose-Hulman won a share of the conference championship in basketball to highlight a fourth-place performance with 54.8 points.  The Fightin' Engineers also came home second in golf and track and field.

The Commissioner's Cup came into existence in 2005-06, and Rose-Hulman became the first institution to win the Cup on five occasions with this year's performance.  The Rose-Hulman athletic department has been under the direction of athletic director Jeff Jenkins since the college joined the HCAC a decade ago.

1) Rose-Hulman 130.3; 2) Hanover 127.3; 3) Franklin 115.2; 4) Transylvania 107.2; 5) Manchester 104.2; 6) Anderson 82.5; 7) Defiance 71.4; 8) Mount St. Joseph 70.7; 9) Bluffton 57.5; 10) Earlham 42.9

1) Rose-Hulman 75.5; 2) Hanover 58.5; 3) Manchester 52.2; 4) Transylvania 49.5; 5) Franklin 46.5; 6) Anderson 41.5; 7) Defiance 39.7; 8) Mount St. Joseph 36.7; 9) Earlham 31.2; 10) Bluffton 22.8

1) Hanover 68.8; 2) Franklin 68.7; 3) Transylvania 57.7; 4) Rose-Hulman 54.8; 5) Manchester 52; 6) Anderson 41; 7) Bluffton 34.7; 8) Mount St. Joseph 34; 9) Defiance 31.7; 10) Earlham 11.7