FAIRMONT—For the second-consecutive year, Fairmont State University has finished third in the Mountain East Conference Commissioner’s Cup Standings in 2019-20.
This past season will always be known as the one shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, which included the cancellation of all spring sports, but before the abrupt stoppage, the MEC crowned 15 champions in 23 sports that are offered by the conference.
The University of Charleston claimed the MEC Commissioner’s Cup for the condensed 2019-20 season, its fifth such championship in the league’s seven-year history.
The MEC Commissioner’s Cup recognizes overall athletic excellence among its membership on an annual basis. The standings are compiled utilizing an “all-sports rating.” This rating is determined by a formula that awards points to a school for its regular season finish equal to the number of teams per sport sponsored by the MEC, and then divided by the number of sports offered by the institution. The final rating is a percentage of points acquired against the number of points available.
Fairmont State’s third-place finish in the Commissioner’s Cup standings was highlighted by a “Northern Division” championship by the women’s soccer program this past fall, and also by a pair of runner-up finishes from the men’s and women’s swim teams during the conference championship meet this past winter. The men’s basketball team helped by finishing third during the 2019-20 regular season, while the men’s golf team finished fourth during last fall’s golf championships at Glade Springs Resort in Raleigh County. In all, 12 of Fairmont State’s 17 athletics programs were instrumental in this year’s rankings.
Charleston won the cup for the third-straight year and captured its fifth title since the league began in 2013-14. The Golden Eagles finished at the top of the standings with an all-sports rating of 0.83333. UC won conference titles in men’s cross country, men’s soccer, men’s indoor track and field, and women’s golf, as well as producing top-three finishes in five other sports.
The runner-up, Notre Dame College (OH), finished runner-up with a rating of 0.72170, winning conference championships in football and men’s swimming. Fairmont State was next (0.57203), followed by West Liberty (0.55682). Davis & Elkins, in just its first year in the conference, finished in fifth place with a rating of 0.54478.
Previous finishes for FSU include: 2018-19 (3rd place), 2017-18 (5th place), 2016-17 (5th place), 2015-16 (6th place), 2014-15, (8th place), 2013-14 (8th place).
In the 2019-20 athletic year, only 15 of the league’s 23 sports were completed due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of spring sports.
Points are awarded based on the number of institutions that sponsor a sport. First place receives the number of points equal to the number of teams, and last place receives one point.
Ties are not broken, and points are equally shared among teams that tie in the standings except in sports with divisional play and conference championships.
An extra point is given to conference tournament champions, when applicable.
The “all-sports rating” is the total number of points that an institution accumulates divided by the number of sports offered by the school.
The rating is a percentage of points acquired versus the number of points available.