HIGH POINT, N.C. – Belmont Abbey 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, and 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.
Conference Carolinas is in its third year of using the format where the Hawn Cup 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 (two bonus points) and runner-up finisher (one bonus point), based on the number of participating teams in each sport.
For the individual women’s cup, Belmont Abbey has jumped-out to the lead tallying 34 points for a 0.944 rating. The Crusaders initial lead can be credited to their titles in women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The Abbey is followed by King who took the cross-country championship with 27.5 points. Lees-McRae is in third with 24 points and a 0.667 rating.
Limestone is the early frontrunner for the individual men’s cup. The Saints have a one-half point advantage after the fall season taking 19.5 points and a 0.886 rating following their men’s soccer league title run. Mount Olive men’s cross country put the Trojans in second place taking the Conference Championship and a 0.864 Fall rating. They were followed closely by Coker in third with 15.5 points and Barton and North Greenville who are tied in fourth with 15 points.
For the overall tally, Belmont Abbey is also the early leader followed by King and Mount Olive who are tied for second. Belmont Abbey’s overall rating of .819 sets the bar with King and Mount Olive at .698, Limestone .664, and Barton at .552. Rounding out the schools in order were Erskine (.526), Lees-McRae (.517), Queens (.483), Coker and North Greenville both at .457, Pfeiffer (.405) and Converse (.389) respectively.