For the fourth straight year, the UCCS Department of Athletics finished in the top five of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Sports Competition Cup standings. The Mountain Lions earned 793.5 points for the 2018-19 season, just four points shy from matching last year’s all-time highest point total.
“The RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup is a great measuring stick for how the entire department is competing,” said Nathan Gibson, executive director of athletics. “I am pleased with the progress we have made in recent years and we have shown that we can compete with the very best in the conference. However, seeing the results is great motivation going into the 2019-20 season, knowing that we are close, but still realizing we have much work to do to close the gap if we aspire to win the All-Sports Competition. It is a goal of the UCCS Athletic Department to win the RMAC All-Sports Competition and I hope that finishing third for the past two years will motivate and inspire us to greater heights.”
The RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup is awarded to the institution that accumulates the most points over the year based on its teams’ outcome in the RMAC’s four core sports, along with six wild card sports. The four core sports are football or men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball, while the six wild card sports consist of three men’s sports and three women’s sports, which are designated by that institution’s best finish in those 18 non-core sports (22 total RMAC sports).
Total RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup points are calculated based on how the teams finish in the RMAC regular season standings. In the scenario where teams do not have regular season standings, conference championship results are used. If there is a tie, points are combined and divided by the number of teams involved in the tie. Point fractions were rounded up if above 0.5.
The women’s wildcard sports led the Mountain Lions this year as UCCS received 285 out of a possible 300 points. The Mountain Lions women’s track & field programs accounted for 192 points after UCCS won its first ever RMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship (100 points) and finished second at the RMAC Indoor Track & Field Championship meet (92 points). The Mountain Lions women’s soccer team added 93 points to the total with a second-place finish in the regular season (16-3-3, 12-1-0 RMAC).
In the men’s wildcard sports, the track & field programs also led the Mountain Lions with 175 points. UCCS finished runner-up at the RMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet (92 points) and third at the RMAC Indoor Track & Field Championship meet (83). The men’s cross country team chipped in 75 points toward the point total from their fifth place finish at the RMAC Cross Country Championship meet.
Nine Mountain Lions earned individual conference awards throughout the season. Skylyn Webb won both the RMAC Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year honors as teammates Kaija Crowe and Deshon Elcock won the RMAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and the RMAC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year awards, respectively. Head Coach Ross Fellows was voted the RMAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year by his peers.
On the golf course, Julia Baroth was named the 2018-19 RMAC Women’s Golfer of the Year after earning the RMAC Women’s Golf Freshman of the Year accolade in 2017-18.
Anna Gregg and Kaylyn Smith both notched awards for the women’s soccer team as Gregg was named the RMAC Co-Player of the Year and the RMAC Academic Player of the Year, while Smith was voted the RMAC Goalkeeper of the Year.
The core sports were led by men’s basketball with 69 points after finishing in a three-way tie for fifth place (17-12, 14-8 RMAC) in the regular season standings. Men’s soccer tallied 67 points from its fifth-place finish (10-6-3, 8-4-2 RMAC), followed by 63 points from the volleyball program that closed the regular season with a seventh-place finish (12-16, 10-8 RMAC). Women’s basketball wrapped up the core sports with 59.5 points after tying for sixth place with three other teams (13-15, 12-10 RMAC).
Colorado School of Mines won their fourth consecutive RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup.