RHIT Claims HCAC Commissioner's Cup, Men's Trophy

RHIT Claims HCAC Commissioner's Cup, Men's Trophy

TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic department earned the 2016-17 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup for its all-around athletic performance for the fourth consecutive year.

In addition, Rose-Hulman captured the league's Men's All-Sports Trophy for the ninth time in 10 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, 2015 and 2016, with this year's award marking the sixth Commissioner's Cup award in 11 years as a conference member.

Rose-Hulman won the Commissioner's Cup with 137.3 points, outdistancing Hanover (130.2) and Franklin (106.5) 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 73 points to outdistance Hanover by 14.5 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 football, soccer, tennis, and track and field.

The women's squads also set a school record by finishing second in the Women's All-Sports Trophy standings.  Hanover scored 71.7 points and Rose-Hulman set a school record for all-sports trophy points by the women's squads at 64.3 points.  

Women's basketball won the HCAC championship, while women's tennis competes in the NCAA Tournament later this week after winning the HCAC Tournament.

The Commissioner's Cup came into existence in 2005-06, and Rose-Hulman became the first institution to win the Cup on six 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 137.3; 2) Hanover 130.2; 3) Franklin 106.5; 4) Manchester 99.5; 5) Transylvania 98.5; 6) Anderson 84.7; 7) Mount St. Joseph 74.2; 8) Bluffton 69.0; 9) Defiance 64.7; 10) Earlham 53.5

1) Rose-Hulman 73; 2) Hanover 57.5; 3) Franklin 51.5; 4) Manchester 48; 5) Mount St. Joseph 47.3; 6) Anderson 43.5; 7) Transylvania 40; 8) Earlham 35.3; 9) Bluffton 31; 10) Defiance 29.8

1) Hanover 71.7; 2) Rose-Hulman 64.3; 3) Transylvania 58.5; 4) Franklin 55; 5) Manchester 51.5; 6) Anderson 41.2; 7) Bluffton 38; 8) Defiance 34.8; 9) Mount St. Joseph 26.8; 10) Earlham 18.2