KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Evangel University enters winter break third in the fall standings of the 2019 Heart Commissioner's Cup.
Evangel made the jump to third with 23.5 points after the fall semester, while Central Methodist ranks first with 35 points and Grand View is positioned second with 26 points. Evangel finished last year's standings in 11th.
The Eagles tallied 35 points after claiming both the regular season and postseason titles for men's soccer and women's soccer while Central volleyball added to the mix after claiming the postseason trophy in a five-set thriller.
Grand View is positioned in second place with 26 points after earning top finishes in both football and women's volleyball. Rounded out the top five are Evangel (23.5 points), Baker (23 points), Benedictine (19.5 points).
The Heart Commissioner's Cup was developed as an award to annually recognizes the achievements of conference student-athletes and member institutions.
1. Central Methodist – 35
2. Grand View – 26
3. Evangel – 23.5
4. Baker – 23
5. Benedictine – 19.5
6. MidAmerica Nazarene – 17
7. Mount Mercy – 16
8. Missouri Valley – 14
9. William Penn – 9
10. Clarke – 8
11. Culver-Stockton/Graceland – 4
13. Peru State – 2
The scoring system for the Heart Commissioner's Cup is as follows:
- Points are assigned based on conference standings at the conclusion of the regular season. Points for conference sports without regular season standings will be determined by the conference championship meet/event.
- Points will be awarded on a decreasing scale with first place earning 8 points, second place earning 7 points, etc. Three bonus points will be awarded to the conference tournament champion. When two or more teams tie for final placing, the conference post-season seeding will determine the tiebreaker. If a sport does not have regular post-season standings, such a football, the overall win percentage for that season with be used at the tiebreaker.
- Schools are required to count point totals for the five sports that all members sponsor (women's volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, and softball), along with their next three highest point totals from the remaining sports, regardless of gender.
- In the event of a tie for first place in the final standings, the tie will be broken by head-to-head examination of regular-season conference finishes between the institutions (beginning with 2nd place finishes across conference sponsored sports, then 3rd place finishes, etc.).