BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University has gotten off to a good start this fall as they have taken the early lead in the Conference Carolinas Joby Hawn Cup with the completion of all the fall sports league championships. The Tornado have two league championships this fall, and take home a pair of second place finishes.
On the women’s side, King is second behind Belmont Abbey College. The Tornado cross country team took home their second consecutive league title while the volleyball team won their first title since King entered the league. The volleyball team also took second in the conference tournament. The soccer team also advanced to the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament for the first time after they upset top-seed Lees-McRae College.
The men are also second, as they trail Limestone College after the fall season. For the second consecutive year, the men’s cross country team placed second at the Conference Carolinas Championship while the men’s soccer team qualified for the conference tournament after missing out a season ago.
Despite both side being in second place, the Tornado are in first in the combined standings ahead of Belmont Abbey and Mount Olive College. The Tornado have 38.5 points and a .802 rating. King is followed by Belmont Abbey’s overall rating of .771 and Mount Olive at .656. Rounding out the schools in order were Barton .615, Limestone .563, Converse .500, Pfeiffer .490, North Greenville .469, Erskine .458, and Lees-McRae at .448 respectively.
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 will name 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.