KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Behind some strong finishes in indoor track and field Pittsburg State has moved to the top of the MIAA Commissioners Cup Standings as they were released for the winter season.
The Gorillas won both the men’s and women’s indoor track and field championship while also claiming the title in women’s basketball. Central Missouri had high finishes in those sports and won the bowling title to move into second just two tenths of a point behind PSU.
Fort Hays State, who led coming out of the fall, dropped to third, but are still within less than a point heading into the spring. Central Oklahoma also gained ground improving by two tenths of a point to remain in striking distance of the leaders.
Nebraska-Kearney moved up in the standings from a tie for sixth place into fifth place all alone. Missouri Southern jumped from 10th to sixth behind consistent performances in the winter. Northwest Missouri won the basketball title for the men, but dropped from fifth to seventh in the winter standings.
Emporia State also made a jump up moving from 11th into a tie for eighth place with Lindenwood who was eighth during the fall. Missouri Western dropped in the standings moving from a tie for the sixth spot in the fall into 10th place in the winter. Behind the Griffons Washburn dropped from ninth in the fall, into 11th after the winter sports.
Lincoln, who was in last in the fall, used strong indoor track and field finishes to jump up into 12th place. Southwest Baptist is 13th and Northeastern State in 14th round out the winter standings for the cup.
The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings are based on points earned for the regular season of the 20 sports recognized by the MIAA. The points awarded for each sport are based on the number of the MIAA institutions that participate in that sport. Each institution’s points are totaled and divided by the number of MIAA sports it sponsors, giving an overall finish for the school.
Below is the entire list of standings based on the results through the winter sports:
1. Pittsburg State 10.7
2. Central Missouri 10.5
3. Fort Hays State 9.9
4. Central Oklahoma 9.3
5. Nebraska-Kearney 8.3
6. Missouri Southern 8.2
7. Northwest Missouri 8.1
T8. Emporia State 7.1
T8. Lindenwood 7.1
10. Missouri Western 6.9
11. Washburn 6.4
12. Lincoln 5.8
13. Southwest Baptist 5.6
14. Northeastern State 4.7