May 29, 2013

FSU Athletics Among GLIAC's Top Five Schools For 36th Time This Year

Final President's Trophy Standings
Year-By-Year All-Time Standings

Big Rapids, Mich. - For the 36th time in school history, along with the ninth time in the last 10 seasons, the Ferris State University Athletics program has finished among the top five schools overall in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) President's Trophy race.

The Bulldogs wrapped up the 2012-13 athletics season tied for fourth overall in the conference all-sports standings with 152 total points. FSU shared the fourth-place nod with Wayne State and the two schools were only six points behind third-place finisher Findlay.

For the first time, the conference all-sports race this year featured a total of 16 GLIAC members in addition to three affiliate programs that tallied points in selected sports.

Besides marking the 36th time overall in which the Bulldogs have placed among the top five schools, it is also the 33rd time in which FSU has been a top four finisher in the 41-year history of the competition since the trophy's inception in the 1972-73 campaign.

Grand Valley State claimed the GLIAC's top honor for the 15th-straight season and the 20th time overall with 245 total points.  Meanwhile, Ashland came in second with 201 points followed by Findlay, Ferris State and Wayne State in the top five overall.

The GLIAC President's Cup, which is commonly referred to as the All-Sports Trophy, is awarded annually at the conclusion of competition to the conference member who has demonstrated general excellence in all or most sports.  The award is designed to promote well-rounded athletic programs within each member institution. 

FSU's 152 total points this year were the school's most since producing 212.2 points en route to winning the President's Trophy back in the 1988-89 campaign. A year ago, in 2011-12, the Bulldogs finished third with 124.5 total points.

Ferris State registered a conference third-highest 93.5 points in nine women's sports scored while the Bulldogs produced 58.5 points on the men's side in seven sports. 

This season, the Bulldogs registered double-figure point totals for finishing among the league's top schools in 10 sports, including men's cross country, men's golf, men's basketball, men's tennis, women's cross country, women's soccer, women's tennis, volleyball, women's basketball and softball.  

The GLIAC President's Trophy standings are based on final regular season standings with the exception of cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and swimming and diving which are based upon the conference tournament finish.

Ferris State has won 14 GLIAC President's Trophies since the award's inception with the 1972-73 season, which ranks second overall.  The Bulldogs claimed the conference trophy in 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, and 1993-94.

FSU and GVSU have dominated the Presiden't Trophy race throughout the league's history. GVSU leads the conference with 20 titles, 39 top-five finishes and 36 top-four placings with the Bulldogs close behind at 14 titles, 36 top-five efforts and 33 top-four results.  Behind FSU and GVSU, two league schools have three titles each in Ashland and Wayne State while Hillsdale has one.

The GLIAC is comprised of 16 member institutions - Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Wayne State University, Ashland University, University of Findlay, Hillsdale College, Lake Erie College, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Northwood University, Ohio Dominican University, Saginaw Valley State University, Tiffin University, Walsh University and Malone University.   The University of Indianapolis was an associate member which competed in men's & women's swimming and diving only this past year.  Lewis University was also an associate member and participated in men's & women's swimming and diving only for the GLIAC while Notre Dame College competed in football, men's soccer, women's soccer and wrestling. 

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