MSU, USD Move Up In Race For North Central Conference Cup
Minnesota State moved into the lead in the race for the North Central Conference Cup while South Dakota leapt from sixth place after the fall season to second place following the winter season. Minnesota State, only a 1/2-point back after the fall season, posted championships in men's basketball and men's indoor track and field and had only one finish outside the top four during the winter season to move into a commanding 10 1/2-point lead with only the six-sport spring season to go.
South Dakota made the biggest move. On the strength of championships in women's basketball and women's indoor track and field and no finishes outside the top four in any sport the Coyotes moved from sixth to second place.
South Dakota holds a 1/2-point lead in the Women's All-Sports Trophy standings with 32 points. As mentioned above the Coyotes won the women's basketball and indoor track & field championships and finished third in the women's swimming and diving meet. Nebraska-Omaha, the three-time reigning Women's All-Sports Trophy winner, and Augustana are tied for second in the standings with 31.5 points while Minnesota State is close behind with a tally of 30 points. Nebraska-Omaha claimed the women's swimming and diving championship.
Minnesota State had a dominating winter that saw them win men's basketball and indoor track & field while finishing second in wrestling and third in men's swimming and diving to open up a large 11 1/2-point lead for the Men's All-Sports Trophy over South Dakota. North Dakota claimed the men's swimming and diving title while Nebraska-Omaha was crowned wrestling champions.
This season marks the fifth time that The North Central Conference Cup is being awarded. The recipient of the Cup is determined by adding together the points received in the Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophy standings. Complete standings for the Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophy through the winter season can be found on the PDF version of this release (using link at the top of this story).