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FGCU Eagles win men’s race, sweep A-Sun All-Sports Championships

May 24, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

MACON, Ga. Florida Gulf Coast University completed its sweep of the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Sports races, claiming the Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy as the conference's men's all-sports champion.

FGCU is the first to sweep all three of the all-sports races since ETSU did so in the awards' first year of existence, 2006-07. The Eagles earned a total of 133.5 points out of a possible 174 (.767) to win the men's race by a narrow margin, just edging ETSU (.764) who tallied 160.5 points of a possible 210.

FGCU received 27 points in men's soccer, men's basketball and baseball, along with claiming the men's soccer regular season championship. The Eagles also received 21 points in cross country, 16.5 in tennis and 15 in golf. FGCU does not sponsor indoor and outdoor track and field.

Mercer tallied 127.5 points out of 174 (.733) to finish third, with regular season championships in men's basketball and baseball.

In fourth place, Ken-nesaw State was the indoor and outdoor track & field champion and finished with a total of 108 points out of 183 (.590).

North Florida claimed regular season titles in tennis and golf to finish in fifth with a total of 121.5 points out of 210 (.578).

Cross country champion USC Upstate helped the Spartans finish sixth in the race with 117 out of 210 points (.557), followed by Stetson (78 of 174, .448), Lipscomb (84 of 210, .400), Jacksonville (57 of 147, .388) and Northern Kentucky (69 of 210, .329).

FGCU claimed four team titles for the second consecutive season and placed in a tie with North Florida for the most in 2012-13. Only five programs have won four or more titles in a season in the award's six-year history. For FGCU, the men's teams contributed 133.5 points and the soccer championship to close out the season while its women's teams added 169.5 and titles in soccer, volleyball, and basketball.

Points for the all-sports standings are awarded on a descending basis in three-point increments and are established according to the number of teams participating in each sport. In team sports, points are awarded based on a school's regular season finish. In individual sports, such as cross country, golf, and track and field, points are awarded based on their A-Sun Championship standings. In the event of a tie, the two schools split the combined points.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast Univer-sity, Jacksonville Univer-sity, Kennesaw State Uni-versity, Lipscomb Univer-sity, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky Univer-sity, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.



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