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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- After having a strong winter season, Covenant athletics currently ranks second in the overall USA South Presidents Cup standings, and second in the women's cup rankings, announced the conference.
The USA South Athletic Conference Presidents Cup symbolizes the league's top men's and women's athletic program each year. The Presidents Cup is awarded by a points system where the first place team in each sport will be awarded the number of points that corresponds to the number of schools that sponsor teams in that sport. The second place team receives one point less than the first place team and so on, down to one point for the last place team that competes.
Covenant sits in second overall, only 1.5 points behind Maryville. In the women's standings, the Scots are also second behind Piedmont. On the men's side, Covenant is third as it trails Maryville and N.C. Wesleyan.
In the winter, the Covenant men's basketball team captured the USA South West Division regular season title with a 16-2 record. It was the first regular season conference title for the program in 55 years, and just the second overall. The women's basketball team came in a tie for fifth in the West Division and qualified for the USA South Tournament for a third straight year.
The team winning the USA South Tournament championship, with the exception of football, receives two bonus points for that sport while the runner-up will receive one bonus point. In the sports of golf and cross country, the athlete placing first will earn two bonus points for his/her institution while the runner-up will earn one bonus point. If athletes from the same institution place first and second, that institution will earn the two bonus points for the first place finish only. Finally, for those sports with divisional standings, the Presidents Cup points are separated by divisions.
Covenant's highest-ever finish in the Presidents Cup was fourth in the 2015-16 academic year. The Scots led the Presidents Cup standings through the fall last year before placing sixth overall, and third in the women's cup.
The standings are updated after each season of competition comes to a close. The final rankings, with this year's winners, will be announced following the spring seasons.
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