INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Hanover College has captured the 14th annual Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup. The award is given to the athletic department that registers the most all-sports points in both men's and women's athletics during the academic year. Hanover garnered 155.67 total points during the 2018-19 campaign, winning the award for the first time.
The Panthers earned 77.5 points in men's competition during the year, earning the men's trophy for the second time in 19 years. Hanover added a second place finish in the HCAC Women's All-Sports race with 78.17 points.
Hanover registered six conference championships during the academic year. The Panthers won titles in men's basketball, men's soccer, women's outdoor track and field, women's tennis, women's soccer and football. The Hanover athletic programs were consistent across the board, claiming second-place finishes in men's and women's indoor track and field, men's cross country and men's outdoor track & field, while adding six third-place finishes for the academic year.
The Hanover College athletic department is led by Director of Athletics Lynn Hall.
The Panthers finished nearly 12 points ahead of second-place Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the Commissioner's Cup standings. The Fightin' Engineers finished with 143.83 total points. Transylvania University finished third in the standings with 137.17 points and was followed by Franklin College with 109.66 points. Earlham College placed fifth with 97.33 points, while Anderson University (92.68), Mount St. Joseph University (86.68), Manchester University (86.67), Bluffton University (59.16) and Defiance College (55.16) rounded out the standings.
The 2018-19 academic year was the 14th for the Commissioner's Cup. The award is based on accumulation of points in the HCAC's 20 championships as well as men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse in the HCLC.