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Lenoir-Rhyne in Second After Winter Sports Season in SAC Echols Athletic Excellence Award

Following the completion of the 2023-24 South Atlantic Conference winter sports seasons, the Wingate Bulldogs lead the SAC Echols Athletic Excellence Award Standings. The Bulldogs won five regular season championships and increased their point total to 1,077.33 points as they took home the League titles in men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, and a share of the men’s basketball title.

In second place in the standings is Lenoir-Rhyne with 894 points. The Bears placed second in both men’s and women’s indoor track & field, as well as women’s basketball.

Catawba moved into third with 857.33 points by winning the women’s basketball title and taking home a share of the men’s basketball title. In fourth is Carson-Newman with 769.5 points, and Anderson in fifth with 631 points.

Limestone earned the No. 6 spot with 611 points, while Lincoln Memorial is No. 7 with 550.33 points. Tusculum is No. 8 with 513.5 points, followed by Newberry at No. 9 with 398.66 points, and Mars Hill at No. 10 with 387.5 points.

Rounding out the standings are Emory & Henry at No. 11 with 344.16 points, Coker at No. 12 with 258 points, and UVA Wise at No. 13 with 156.

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 Standings – Winter 2024

Rank     School             Points

1.            Wingate           1077.33

2.            Lenoir-Rhyne 894

3.            Catawba         857.33

4.            Carson-Newman 769.5

5.             Anderson       631

6.             Limestone     611

7.              Lincoln Memorial   550.33

8.             Tusculum        513.5

9.              Newberry       398.66

10.            Mars Hill          387.5

11.             Emory & Henry  344.16

12              Coker              258

13.              UVA Wise       156