Keuka College finished second in the 2017-18 North Eastern Athletic Conference Presidents’ Cup.
The annual award competition by the conference weighs the overall success of the 14 member institutions both on and off the field. The Presidents’ Cup looks at the core values of NCAA Division III and takes into account on the field performance, as well as academics, sportsmanship, and community service.
Keuka College totaled 17 points in the competition, just six behind Lancaster Bible College. The Chargers won the NEAC Presidents’ Cup for the second consecutive year. It was the best finish for Keuka in the current format of the competition.
“I think this is a great accomplishment for our student-athletes and department as a whole,” said Director of Athletics David Sweet. “We strive to live up to the Division III model and values in promoting the overall development of the student-athlete both on and off the field. The second place finish in the Presidents’ Cup is a testament to the efforts of both our student-athletes and our coaches.”
The competition is based into four segments. Keuka College won the Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup which measured their community service achievements. Keuka led the conference with $8,960 dollars raised and was the leading vote getter amongst SWA’s in the conference for the most successful community service initiatives. It was the first individual cup won by the department since the NEAC switched to the current format in 2014-15.
Keuka College also had a strong performance in the classroom. The Wolves finished in second place in the Faculty Athletics Representatives’ Cup. As a department, Keuka had a 3.13 grade point average for NEAC sports and led the conference with 110 scholar-athletes.
The Women’s teams from Keuka College earned a second place finish as well in the Athletics Directors’ Cup, while the Men’s teams posted a seventh place finish. The Green and Gold averaged out for a fifth place finish in the Athletics Directors’ Cup.
The competition rounded out with an eighth place finish in the Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup. This was based on coaches’ votes following the season on a team’s sportsmanship. The Keuka College Baseball team received top marks and many other teams finished in the top three in voting for sportsmanship.