NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Union University athletic department has been awarded the TranSouth Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy for the 2007-2008 season. This marks the fifth straight season that Union has claimed the trophy and sixth time in the past seven seasons.
Union claimed four conference titles in the 2007-2008 seasons including women's cross country, men's cross country, women's basketball, and men's golf. The Union Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs compete in 10 sports with no team finishing lower that fifth place. In addition to the four titles, Union posted two third place finishes, three fourth place finishes, and one fifth place finish.
Trevecca Nazarene finished second for the fourth consecutive season. TNU boasted three titles on the year (baseball, softball, and women's golf) and the Trojans also posted a third place finish in volleyball and men's basketball. Martin Methodist finished third overall after winning women's soccer and shared first in volleyball. The RedHawks also finished second in men's basketball and softball.
Union led the way with a 7.15 average while Trevecca was
second with a 6.833 average. Martin Methodist College was third at 6.36,
Freed-Hardeman University fourth at 5.78, and Lambuth University rounded out
the top five with a 5.45 average. The remaining teams were Cumberland (5.05), Bethel
(5.00), Lyon College (4.11), Mid-Continent (2.75), Crichton (2.64), and Blue
Mountain (1.25). Bethel received an additional bonus point by fielding a team
in all 13 official conference sports.
The TranSouth All-Sports Trophy is awarded to the program that produces the most success during the school year in all sports. Points are awarded for how each team finishes in the regular season standings in each sport. Then, the point total for each school is divided by the number of sports the school participated to reach the average. The TranSouth sponsors 13 sports and all 13 qualified for the trophy standings with at least four teams participating in each sport. Team(s) gains one bonus point for participating in all 13 conference sponsored sports. If a sport didn't produce regular season standings, then the tournament results were counted.
Sports must have at least four school sponsored teams to count toward the total. Sports not having at least four teams participating will not count as a conference sport and therefore, not count in the totals. Schools must sponsor a minimum of six (6) sports to be eligible for the All Sports Trophy. In case of a tie, the points will be added and divided between affected teams. Example: Two teams tie for 2nd in a seven team sport. Add 6 and 5 together equaling 11. Divide 11 by 2, so both teams get 5.5 points.
2007-08 TranSouth All-Sports Final Standings
No. School - Average (Titles)
1. Union University - 7.150 (4)
2. Trevecca Nazarene - 6.833 (3)
3. Martin Methodist - 6.364
4. Freed-Hardeman - 5.786 (1)
5. Lambuth University - 5.455 (2)
6. Cumberland Univ. - 5.050 (1)
7. Bethel College - 5.000 (1)
8. Lyon College - 4.115
9. Mid-Continent - 2.750
10. Crichton College - 2.643
11. Blue Mountain - 1.250