CHICAGO --- Keyed by seven regular-season conference titles and another three league tournament championships, Olivet Nazarene University totaled an all-time best 141 points en route to winning its fifth straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Sports Cup, it was announced on Monday morning. It was also the Tigers' sixth cup in seven years since the conference started the program in the 2007-2008 season.
Second-place finisher Cardinal Stritch University made the biggest jump from the previous year going from 66.5 points to 110. The Wolves edged out third-place University of St. Francis by one point as the Saints totaled 109 points.
Saint Xavier University also made for a close race between the Nos. 2-4 positions with its 104 points, while Trinity Christian College placed fifth for the second year in a row with 86.5 points.
Olivet Nazarene's league-leading seven regular-season championships came in the sports of men's and women's cross country, women's golf, softball, men's tennis and men's and women's track & field. The Tigers also claimed postseason tournaments in softball and men's tennis, not to mention men's soccer. The Tigers, under the sixth-year leadership of director of athletics Gary Newsome, also posted regular-season runner-up finishes in men's and women's soccer and women's tennis. In all, 12 of 15 Olivet Nazarene teams placed among the top three in the league in CCAC championship sports during the 2013-14 academic year.
Cardinal Stritch, meanwhile, produced three regular-season titles in men's basketball, men's soccer and its first-year women's tennis program. The latter also won the conference tournament. Two other Stritch teams placed second in conference play.
As for St. Francis, it earned the most second-place league finishes, doubling its next closest competitor with six runner-up performances. The Saints also shared the regular-season baseball title with Judson University.
The CCAC All-Sports Cup is awarded to the institution that earns the most total points in the 15 sports sponsored by the conference (men's & women's cross country, men's & women's soccer, volleyball, men's & women's basketball, men's & women'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 2013-14 follow:
Olivet Nazarene (141 points)
Cardinal Stritch (110)
St. Francis (109)
Saint Xavier (104)
Trinity Christian (86.5)
Robert Morris (77)
Calumet St. Joseph (66)
Purdue Calumet (47)
Holy Cross (45)
Indiana South Bend (23.5)
Trinity International (22.5)
Purdue North Central (11.5)
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
2012-13: Olivet Nazarene University