CHICAGO --- A winner of five conference regular-season titles and three league tournament crowns in 2012-13, Olivet Nazarene University has claimed its fourth consecutive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Sports Cup and fifth in six years since the conference started the program in the 2007-2008 season. The Tigers tallied an all-time high 133.5 total points to outdistance itself from the rest of the field, including second-place finisher University of St. Francis for the third year in a row. USF earned 115.5 points.
Saint Xavier University placed just behind St. Francis with a total of 111.5 points, while Judson University (83 points) and Trinity Christian College (73) rounded out the top five finishers.
ONU gained first-place finishes in women's cross country, women's soccer, women's tennis and both men's and women's track & field during the regular season and added conference tournament titles in men's soccer, and both men's and women's tennis. The Tigers, under the direction of fifth-year director of athletics Gary Newsome, also earned runner-up regular-season finishes in baseball, men's cross country, softball, men's tennis and women's basketball, where they tied with three other teams.
St. Francis posted three outright first-place regular-season titles in men's cross country, men's golf and men's tennis, while sharing top honors with Saint Xavier University in volleyball. Saint teams also placed second in women's cross country and both men's and women's track & field during the regular season, while winning the conference tournament in volleyball.
Saint Xavier claimed the third-place spot keyed by the share of first place in volleyball during the regular season as well as both a regular-season and conference tournament championship in softball. The Cougars also managed to record second-place finishes in men's soccer and both men's and women's basketball, the latter of which they tied for with three other teams.
The CCAC All-Sports Cup is awarded to the institution that earns the most total points in the 14 sports sponsored by the conference (men's & women's cross country, men's & women's soccer, volleyball, men's & women's basketball, men's golf, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track & field, baseball and softball) on an annual basis. Schools are awarded points based on their conference finish in each of those sports. An additional point is awarded to any school that claims a conference tournament title.
The final standings for 2012-13 follow:
Olivet Nazarene (133.5 points)
St. Francis (115.5)
Saint Xavier (111.5)
Trinity Christian (73)
Robert Morris (69.5)
Cardinal Stritch (66.5)
Calumet St. Joseph (49.5)
Illinois Tech (41)
Trinity International (36)
Purdue Calumet (33)
Holy Cross (31)
Indiana South Bend (23.5)
Purdue North Central (17.5)
Previous All-Sports Trophy Recipients
2007-08: Olivet Nazarene University
2008-09: Saint Xavier University
2009-10: Olivet Nazarene University
2010-11: Olivet Nazarene University
2011-12: Olivet Nazarene University