HIGH POINT, N.C. --- The University of Mount Olive captured the 2018-19 Conference Carolinas Joby Hawn Cup, it was announced by the conference office. The Hawn Cup goes to the conference school with the year's best overall athletics performance. Mount Olive also won the individual men's and women's Hawn Cups sweeping all three awards for the first time since 2013-14.
Mount Olive sponsors 20 of 21 Conference Carolinas sports, and including bonus points, the Trojans finished in the top four in 16 different sports in the Hawn Cup rankings. The Trojans won Conference Carolinas championships in Men's Outdoor Track & Field, Women's Outdoor Track & Field, Men's Indoor Track & Field, Women's Indoor Track & Field, Men's Cross Country, and Women's Cross Country. Mount Olive also had runner-up finishes in baseball, women's tennis, men's tennis, women's golf, and women's lacrosse.
"We strive to have a successful broad-based program and winning the Hawn Cup means that we are achieving that goal. This achievement is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our coaches, staff, and student-athletes, and I congratulate all of them on a great year for Trojan athletics," said Vice President of Athletics Jeff Eisen.
Conference Carolinas names an overall Hawn Cup winner, as well as individual winners for men and women's sports, respectively. Hawn Cup points are awarded in each sport based on the order of regular season finish with bonus points going to the tournament champion (2 bonus points) and runner-up finisher (1 bonus point), based on the number of participating teams in each sport.
Mount Olive compiled 173 points out of a possible 206 for a rating of .840, taking down last year's winner Limestone who had won four consecutive cups, which finished second with a .799 rating.
In men's sports, Mount Olive collected 75.5 out of a possible 96 points for a .786 rating. In women's sports, the Trojans earned 91.5 out of a possible 110 points for a rating of .832.
The Hawn Cup dates back to 1975-76. In 2010-11, the Hawn Cup was expanded to include overall, men's sports and women's sports champions.
Mount Olive captured its first-ever Hawn Cup in 2011-12, sweeping all three awards.