Ospreys and Eagles Lead Race for Bill Bibb Trophy
MACON, Ga. – With the completion of the Atlantic Sun Conference Fall Championship season, FGCU and UNF share the lead for the Bill Bibb Trophy in the combined all-sports race with 102 points. The Eagles claimed both the men’s and women’s soccer regular-season titles, while the Ospreys won the women’s cross country title and qualified for both the women’s soccer and volleyball championships.
The ETSU Buccaneers lay claim to the top spot for the Jesse C. Fletcher trophy, which is awarded for the top men’s athletic program, with 45 points after finishing second in the regular season in soccer. The Bucs have close competition in FGCU with 42 and Belmont at 39.
On the women’s side, crosstown rivals UNF and Jacksonville stand tied for the Sherman Day Trophy as both programs earned 72 points during the fall season. The Dolphins finished third at the cross country championship and then took runner-up honors for the regular season in soccer before tying UNF in fifth place for volleyball.
Trailing FGCU and UNF in third place in the combined all-sports race, Mercer qualified for all three A-Sun Tournaments in men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball as only one of two programs to accomplish the feat. The Bears won the A-Sun Women’s Soccer Championship after finishing the season in third. Belmont and Lipscomb finish out the top five in the combined race with 96 and 94.5 points, respectively. The Lady Bisons captured the final conference championship of the season by winning the volleyball tournament for the second-consecutive season.
Kennesaw State, who took the men’s cross country title, ranks in sixth place in the men’s race despite not competing in men’s soccer and tied for fifth on the women’s side with FGCU to combine for 93 points, which ties them with ETSU in sixth. The 2009-10 Bill Bibb Trophy winners, ETSU qualified for all three A-Sun Fall Championship Tournaments along with Mercer.
Jacksonville, Campbell, USC Upstate and Stetson round out the final four spots of the combined all-sports standings.
Points for the all-sports standings are awarded on a descending basis in three-point increments and are established according to the number of teams participating in each sport. In team sports, points are awarded based on a school’s regular season finish. In individual sports, such as cross country, golf, and track and field, points are awarded based on their A-Sun Championship standings. In the event of a tie, the two schools split the combined points.