ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Appalachian State University claimed its seventh-straight Southern Conference Commissioner's Cup for excellence in men's athletics, the conference announced Wednesday.
The Mountaineers, who have claimed the Cup in 20 of the past 21 years, have now earned the award a total of 32 times. No other conference school has won the Commissioner’s Cup more than five times since its inception in 1969-70 and no current SoCon member besides ASU has claimed it more than once.
Thanks to SoCon championships in three of 10 men's sports (baseball, men's outdoor track and field and wrestling), the Apps cruised to the Commissioner's Cup title by finishing a whopping 27.5 points ahead of second-place Samford (66.5 points).
Appalachian's margin of victory in the Commissioner's Cup standings marks the largest gap since ASU finished 29 points ahead of East Tennessee State and Furman during the 2002-03 season.
Appalachian State also finished just three points behind College of Charleston in the Germann Cup standings, awarded for excellence in women's athletics. The Mountaineers finished with 78.5 points on the women's side to claim third-place behind CofC (81.5) and Samford (80.5).