Cal Poly Claims Lead After Fall Season in Commissioner's Cup
2017-18 Big West Commissioner's Cup Fall Release
Thanks to strong performances across the board, Cal Poly came away with the pole position after the fall season in the 2017-18 Big West Commissioner’s Cup race.
The Mustangs averaged 125.0 points over their five sports, recording championships in men’s cross country and women’s volleyball to go along with a second place showing in women’s cross country. Cal Poly continued its tradition of strong fall showings as it recorded a top three finish after the first season for the fourth time in the last five years.
Second place after the fall belonged to the Mustangs’ Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara with a 117.0-point average. The Gauchos claimed the women’s cross country championship to go along with second place finishes in men’s cross country and men’s soccer. UCSB is looking to parlay the strong fall into the overall Cup title, a crown it was last awarded after the 2015-16 season.
Right behind the Gauchos is UC Davis which amassed an average of 115.0 points in the fall. The Aggies claimed the North Division title in men’s soccer while also recording top four showings in men’s cross country and women’s volleyball. The point average after the fall is the highest for the Aggie program since the 2013 season when it recorded 114.0 points.
Wrapping up the triple-digit averages after the fall is Cal State Fullerton with 108.0 points. The Titans were co-champions of the South Division in men’s soccer and recorded third place finishes in both men’s and women’s cross country. CSF has now recorded 100-point averages in three consecutive fall seasons, the first time in its Cup history that it has accomplished that feat.
Fifth place was UC Irvine with 99.0 points, buoyed by the women’s soccer crown. CSUN, co-champions of the men’s soccer South Division, were right behind the Anteaters with 98.0 points, while UC Riverside was seventh with 81.0 points. Defending Cup champion Long Beach State (73.5) and Hawai’i (66.7) wrap up the standings after the fall.
The Big West Commissioner’s Cup, which started during the 1998-99 season, is awarded to the institution with the highest average point total following the 18 Conference sport seasons. Points are not awarded if the institution or conference does not sponsor the sport.
In determining a champion, the following round robin sports have points awarded on the basis of the final regular season standings, including a 20-point bonus for the champion. These sports are baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, women’s tennis and volleyball. In the sports of cross country, golf, men’s tennis, track & field, women’s beach volleyball and women’s water polo, the points are awarded based on finish at the Conference Championship. In the case of ties in all sports, points shall be awarded by combining points and dividing them equally among the tied teams.
A complete recap of the point system is available in the linked document.