Blue Jays Finish 2.5 Points Short of SLIAC All-Sports Trophy
The Westminster Blue Jays placed second in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) All-Sports Championship. The Blue Jays finished just behind Webster University; Webster finished with 87.5 points.
The SLIAC All-Sports Championship Trophy is determined by awarding points based on each schools finish in the Conference’s 12 sports, earning nine points for a first-place finish, eight points for a second-place finish, etc. Teams finishing tied split the points for the tied spot and the spot(s) immediately following (two teams finishing tied for third receives 6.5 – seven points for third-place and six points for fourth-place).
The Blue Jays won two Conference titles, and totaled 85 points in 12 sports. The Blue Jays won the men's tennis and women's basketball titles outright, placed second in women's cross country, softball and baseball and tied for second place in men's basketball and men's soccer.
The 2012-13 season marks the third year that the SLIAC All-Sports Trophy has been determined by total points, rather than a points average. The change was made to further encourage the NCAA Division III philosophy of broad-based athletics programs. Webster's 2.5 point win is the closest in the three years since switching to total points, and the closest overall since 2004-05 when the Gorloks totaled 0.5 points more than Maryville University (Mo.).
The complete final standings for the 2012-13 SLIAC All-Sports Trophy are here