May 14, 2014

Ferris State Athletics Places Among Top Six In GLIAC President's Trophy Race For 39th Time In School History

Final President's Trophy Standings
Year-By-Year All-Time Standings

Big Rapids, Mich. - For the 39th time in school history, along with the 16th time in the last 17 seasons, the Ferris State University Athletics program has finished among the top six schools overall in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) President's Trophy race.

The Bulldogs wrapped up the 2013-14 athletics season tied for sixth overall in the conference all-sports standings with 132 total points. FSU shared the sixth-place nod with Tiffin and the two schools were only 2.5 points behind fifth-place finisher Findlay. In addition, the Bulldogs were only 11 points out of third place overall this year.

Besides marking the 39th time overall in which the Bulldogs have placed among the top six schools, FSU also recorded an upper-division league finish in the competition for the 41st time in the 42-year history since the trophy's inception in the 1972-73 campaign. 

The GLIAC Presidents' Trophy, 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. 

Grand Valley State claimed the GLIAC's top honor for the 16th-straight season and the 21st time overall with 234 total points.  Meanwhile, Ashland came in second with 188 points followed by Wayne State, Findlay, Saginaw Valley State, FSU and Tiffin in the top six overall. For the second-straight year, the conference all-sports race this year featured a total of 16 GLIAC members. 

While the Bulldgos tied for sixth overall, all but one of the schools in front of FSU offered more sports with both Findlay and Tiffin fielding all 22 sports in which points are accumulated for as compared to Ferris State's 16 sports involved in the competition.

Ferris State registered a conference fifth-highest 78 points in nine women's sports scored while the Bulldogs produced 54.5 points on the men's side in seven sports. 

This season, the Bulldogs registered double-figure point totals for finishing among the league's top schools in five sports, including men's cross country, football, women's cross country, volleyball and women's golf.

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, which ranks second overall.  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.

FSU and GVSU have dominated the Presiden't Trophy race throughout the league's history. GVSU leads the conference with 21 titles, 40 top-five finishes and 37 top-four placings with the Bulldogs close behind at 14 titles, 36 top-five efforts and 33 top-four results.  Behind FSU and GVSU, two league schools have three titles each in Ashland and Wayne State while 
Hillsdale has one.

The GLIAC is comprised of 16 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, Tiffin University, Walsh University and Malone University.

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