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Eastern Kentucky wins its third straight OVC Commissioner’s Cup

Eastern Kentucky’s women’s golf team won its third Ohio Valley Conference Championship in the last four years.
Eastern Kentucky’s women’s golf team won its third Ohio Valley Conference Championship in the last four years. EKU Athletics

Eastern Kentucky won the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the 2015-16 school year.

It was the third straight and fourth overall Cup title in the last five years for the Colonels under a format that began eight years ago. The Colonels also won in 2011-12.

The award, which is a symbol of overall athletics excellence in conference-sponsored championships, will be presented to university officials on June 3 in Nashville.

“We are very proud to have been recognized as the top athletics department in the conference four of the last five years,” EKU Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller said in a news release by the school. “This is truly a symbol of the hard work and dedication that Colonel student-athletes put into their teams each year.”

Eastern Kentucky finished with 116.5 points, 1.25 points more than second-place Eastern Illinois. That was the closest margin of victory under this scoring system, besting a 1.5 margin by EIU over two schools in 2010-11.

EKU was bolstered by first-place finishes in men’s and women’s cross country and women’s golf and second-place finishes in men’s tennis and softball.

Prior to the Commissioner’s Cup being instituted in 2008-09, the Colonels won 15 OVC Men’s All-Sport Championships and seven OVC Women’s All-Sport Championships.

Eastern Illinois finished with 115.25 points while Murray State also eclipsed the 100-point mark with 103. The standings were rounded out by Jacksonville State (97), Southeast Missouri (95), Tennessee Tech (93.5), Belmont (93.25), Morehead State (90.5), Tennessee-Martin (88.5), Austin Peay and Tennessee State (82.5 apiece) and SIUE (80).

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