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Lenoir-Rhyne is in Second Place in SAC Echols Athletic Excellence Award Standings

Following the completion of the 2023-24 South Atlantic Conference fall sports seasons, the Wingate Bulldogs lead the SAC Echols Athletic Excellence Award Standings. The Bulldogs won four championships to garner 588 points as they took home the League titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s soccer, and volleyball.

In second place in the standings is Lenoir-Rhyne with 518 points. The Bears won the women’s soccer and football titles.

Limestone came in third with 427 points, followed by Catawba in fourth with 421 points, and Anderson in fifth with 396 points.

Carson-Newman earned the No. 6 spot with 355.5 points, while Tusculum is No. 7 with 318.5 points. Lincoln Memorial is No. 8 with 304 points, followed by Mars Hill at No. 9 with 253 points, and Newberry at No. 10 with 252.66 points.

Rounding out the standings are Emory & Henry at No. 11 with 207.66 points, Coker at No. 12 with 117 points, and UVA Wise at No. 13 with 62.

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 – Fall 2023

Rank      School          Points
1.             Wingate       588
2.             Lenoir-Rhyne 518
3.             Limestone     427
4.             Catawba        421
5.             Anderson      396
6.             Carson-Newman   355.5
7.             Tusculum       318.5
8.             Lincoln Memorial   304
9.             Mars Hill          253
10.            Newberry      252.66
11.            Emory & Henry   207.66
12.            Coker               117
13.            UVA Wise         62