High Point, NC - Lees-McRae College has taken an early lead in the Conference Carolinas Joby Hawn Cup with the completion of all the fall sports league championships. The Hawn Cup is awarded to the league member that shows the highest rating of excellence in conference-sponsored sports. The Hawn Cup is tallied after each sport season (fall, winter, & spring) and then awarded each year in honor of former Commissioner H.C. "Joby" Hawn for his many years of service to the former Carolinas Conference.
A new format has been adopted by Conference Carolinas for this year's Hawn Cup which will have a winner for just the women's sports, a winner for just the men's sports, and then an overall winner using both the men and women's combined tallies. Hawn Cup points are awarded in each sport based on the order of regular season finish with bonus points going to the tournament champion (2 bonus points) and runner-up finisher (1 bonus point), based on the number of participating teams in each sport.
Lees-McRae currently leads in all three categories of the Joby Hawn Cup standings. On the women's side Lees-McRae has tallied 29 points highlighted by their women's volleyball regular season and conference tournament championship titles. They are followed by Queens with 28.5 points and Belmont Abbey in third with 25.5.
For the men's cup, Lees-McRae won both the regular season soccer and tournament championships to gather two bonus points and tally a perfect score of 20 out of 20 possible points. They were followed closely by Queens, who won the cross-country championship to help total 15 men's points, and Belmont Abbey with 14 points.
For the overall tally, the same three teams in Lees-McRae, Queens, and Belmont Abbey stood atop the standings. Lees-McRae's overall rating of .942 sets the bar with Queens at .837 and Belmont Abbey at .760. The Abbey helped their cause having their women's soccer win the regular season title and coming in runner-up to Pfeiffer in the tournament championship. Rounding out the schools in order were Erskine .654, Mount Olive .635, Pfeiffer .529, Limestone .471, Converse .406, St. Andrews .369, Barton .356, and Coker .269 respectively.
Link to the full 2010-11 Current Joby Hawn Cup Standings: http://www.conferencecarolinas.com/sports/hawn_cup/20082511_AwardsIndex
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