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Lenoir-Rhyne Finishes Second in Echols Athletic Excellence Standings

The Wingate Bulldogs captured their 16th consecutive South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award by winning the 2023-24 award, the Conference office announced on Wednesday, May 15. They finished the year with 1,967.58 points, winning league regular season titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s basketball, women’s lacrosse and softball.

In second place in the standings was Lenoir-Rhyne with 1,610 points. The Bears took home the women’s soccer title along with football while finishing second in men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s lacrosse, women’s tennis and women’s basketball.

Following in third place was Catawba with 1,478.66 points and Anderson was fourth with 1,328 points.

Carson-Newman was in fifth place in the standings with 1,320.83 points, with Limestone in sixth place with 1,274.5 points.

Lincoln Memorial landed at No. 7 in the standings with 1,119.08 points and Tusculum came in at No. 8 with 1,087.08 points. Newberry posted a No. 9 finish in the standings with 972.91 points. Coker came in tenth with 712 points and Mars Hill finished in eleventh place with 589.5 points.

Rounding out the standings were Emory & Henry at No. 12 with 522.16 points and UVA Wise in 13th with 450 points.

The Echols Athletic Excellence Award is presented annually to the member athletic department that earns the highest point total based on cumulative final standings in each of the Conference’s 23 sports. Regular season finish is used in the sports of men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, football, field hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball, while SAC Championship results are used for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track.

In the Echols Athletic Excellence Award formula, the champion will always receive 100 points and last place will receive 10 points if 10 or more schools sponsor that championship sport. In sports with less than 10 participants, the total number of points varies based on the number of sponsoring schools. The points earned for all other place finishes will vary based on the number of schools that sponsor that particular sport.

2023-24 SAC Echols Athletic Excellence Award Final Standings
Rank School Points
1. Wingate 1967.58
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 1610
3. Catawba 1478.66
4. Anderson 1328
5. Carson-Newman 1320.83
6. Limestone 1274.5
7. Lincoln Memorial 1119.08
8. Tusculum 1087.08
9. Newberry 972.91
10. Coker 712
11. Mars Hill 589.5
12. Emory & Henry 522.16
13. UVA Wise 450

{Information provided by Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics}