Penn State Berks Athletics ties for second place in NEAC President Cup

October 15, 2015

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. — The Penn State Berks athletics program tied for second place out of 14 institutions in the 2014-15 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Presidents Cup standings.

The NEAC established a new approach to awarding its Presidents' Cup this year in an effort to truly reflect the core values of NCAA Division III. In addition to calculating athletics success, which was the only factor taken into consideration when awarding the conference's Presidents' Cup in the past, the NEAC also took into account three new criteria: academics, sportsmanship and community service.

These three new categories, along with athletics success, will now each have their own sub-cup winners. Each of the NEAC's 14 full-member institutions were given a ranking based on their results from each category, with the total rankings from all four then being added together to determine the overall winner, who is then crowned the overall Presidents' Cup honoree. The lower the overall score, the better the rank. This new and unique approach to determine the NEAC Presidents' Cup winner looks to be the first model of its kind across all 43 NCAA Division III conferences.

Penn State Abington was the overall winner with 18 points, followed by Berks and Keuka College with 22 points. Wells College collected 22.5 points to place fourth and Lancaster Bible College rounded out the top five with 24 points. Abington finished in first place in the athletics and community service sub-cups. Berks took first place in the academics cup, while Lancaster Bible won the sportsmanship cup.

The men finished fourth overall in the Athletics Directors' Cup, which ranks schools based on their finish in the regular season standings. The women's sports finished second out of 14 schools thanks to the strong seasons by soccer, softball, volleyball, and tennis. Tennis and baseball led the men's side to a sixth place finish out of 13 institutions.

Berks won the Faculty Athletic Representatives' Cup after recording a record-setting 77 scholar-athletes. The award is given out based on GPA average and the percentage of scholar-athletes. The men finished second with a cumulative GPA of 3.150 and a .4529 percent of scholar-athletes, but the two groups combined to be the highest of any institution.

The second place finish is the second best in program history, trailing only the 2013-14 year when Berks placed first overall.

 

2014-15 NEAC Presidents' Cup Overall Results

Rank

Institution

Points

1

Penn State Abington

18

2

Penn State Berks

22

2

Keuka College

22

4

Wells College

22.5

5

Lancaster Bible College

24

6

Gallaudet University

25

7

SUNY Cobleskill

26

7

Morrisville State College

26

9

Cazenovia

35

10

Wilson College

37.5

11

SUNY Polytechnic

38

12

College of Saint Elizabeth

40

13

Bryn Athyn College

40.5

14

Penn College of Technology

43.5

 

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