Ferris State University has found itself once again in familiar territory as the Bulldogs secured a top-five finish for the seventh time in the last eight seasons as the final 2010-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) President's Trophy Standings were released this Thursday (May 19) afternoon by the conference office.
The Bulldogs recorded a 112.5 points total to capture fifth place in the final standings and finished 4.5 points behind Findlay's fourth-place 117 points. Grand Valley State claimed the GLIAC's top honor for the 13th straight season and a league all-time best 18th time by accumulating 201 points while Ashland captured second place with 155 points. Wayne State placed third as a result of chalking up 119.5 points.
The GLIAC President's Cup, which is commonly referred to as the All-Sports Trophy, is awarded annually at the conclusion of competition to the conference member who has demonstrated general excellence in all or most sports. The award is designed to promote well-rounded athletic programs within each member institution.
Ferris State registered a conference third-highest 65.5 points in nine women's sports scored while the Bulldogs produced 47 points on the men's side in seven sports. This season, FSU won conference championship titles in men's golf (11 points) and men's basketball (13.5 points).
The GLIAC President's Trophy standings are based on final regular season standings with the exception of cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and swimming and diving which are based upon the conference tournament finish.
Ferris State has won 14 GLIAC President's Trophies since the award's inception with the 1972-73 season. The Bulldogs claimed the conference trophy in 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, and 1993-94.
The Bulldogs, who placed third with 100.5 points in the final 2007-08 conference standings, have placed fifth or higher 34 times since the trophy's inception in the 1972-73 campaign. Prior to this season, the last time Ferris State claimed fifth place was in the 1998-99 campaign.
The GLIAC is comprised of 14 member institutions - Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Wayne State University, Ashland University, University of Findlay, Hillsdale College, Lake Erie College, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Northwood University, Ohio Dominican University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Tiffin University. The University of Indianapolis is an associate member which competes in football and men's & women's swimming and diving only. Lewis University is also an associate member and participates in men's & women's swimming and diving only for the GLIAC.