This year, Tabor earned a total of 126 points over the fall, winter and spring seasons, just two points ahead of Friends at 124. Southwestern finished third with 107 points.
The system allocates 10 points for each first-place regular-season varsity finish, nine for second place, eight for third, and so on, for each of the 17 official conference sports.
For football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, men’s golf and tennis, regular season finishes determine the number of points, whereas for cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field, the KCAC championship meet is the deciding factor.
At least five KCAC schools must compete in a sport at the varsity level for it to earn status as a conference sport.
Tabor and Southwestern were the only top-five scoring schools to not compete in all 17 athletic events—for Tabor, that sport was men’s golf.
In fall, Tabor earned 44 points to finish third behind Ottawa (49) and Kansas Wesleyan (47).
The Bluejays were led by second-place finishes in football and men’s soccer—good for nine points each. Additional points came in men’s cross country (7), women’s cross country (7), volleyball (7) and women’s soccer (5).
In winter, Tabor tied with Friends with 35 points. The Bluejays placed second in men’s indoor track and field and men’s and women’s basketball (9 each) and third in women’s indoor track and field (8).
In spring, Tabor placed third with 47 points behind Bethany (53) and Friends (49).
The Bluejays earned 10 points for a first-place finish in baseball and nine points for placing second in men’s outdoor track and field. The women’s outdoor track and field team took third (8).
Additional points came from softball (7), men’s tennis (7) and women’s tennis (6).
Tabor women’s sports earned a total of 58 points—second behind Friends at 64—while Tabor men’s sports took first with 68 points, ahead of Friends (60).
Purpose and presentation
Crawford said the purpose of the award is to highlight excellence and provide a measuring stick.
“Athletic departments compare themselves to like institutions—this is fairly common and natural,” he said. “Having the award provides a fairly objective way to make these comparisons and to drive good-spirited rivalry between member schools.”
Crawford presented Tabor with a commemorative plaque during the annual spring athletic banquet May 12.
Tabor will keep the awards plaque, and will receive a traveling award at the 2013-2014 KCAC Sport Management Conference at Southwestern College Aug. 6.
The traveling award will remain at Tabor until the end of next school year.
Allen said winning the Commissioner’s Cup gives Tabor a platform of respect and increases the college’s ability for influence.
“At the end of the day, we have what you would call a philosophy that excellence enhances ministry,” he said. “You’re able to have a more positive influence when you’re perceived to have an excellent operation.
“Our goal is to see students growing in so many different ways, not the least of which is in relationship to Christ.”
Allen said the award will also aid in Tabor’s recruiting efforts, as well as build morale.
“Whether it’s with the coaching staff or with the student-athletes or the general student body, I think when you accomplish something that’s fairly large in scope like this is, I think there’s a morale boost from that,” he said.