UCCS Third in RMAC Snapshot Standings
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In the first "snapshot" rankings for the RMAC All-Sports Competition Cup, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs would be in third among the 14 schools using the current standings or rankings to substitue for the final end-of-season standings.
The Mountain Lions would be in third with 468 points, behind Mines' 582 points and Regis' 482 points. Adams State would be behind UCCS with 452.5 points and Mesa would be in fifth with 441.5 points.
The snapshot rankings using the same scoring matrix that the conference uses for the end-of-year competition cup for the top overall athletic program in the league. In the sports of men's and women's soccer, volleyball and football, the points were assigned based on the standings from today. For men's and women's cross country, the USTFCCCA South Central Region rankings from Tuesday were used, with the remaining teams finishing in a theoretical tie for the final spot. For men's and women's golf, the combined scores for the RMAC events were used to determine a hypothetical standing.
The final All-Competition Cup standings will include the four core sports of football or men's soccer, volleyball and men's and women's basketball. A school will then earn points from the top finishes in three men's and three women's wildcard sports, which are any other sport sponsored by the RMAC.
The first official points in the All-Competition Cup will be awarded on Saturday during the RMAC Cross Country Championships at Monument Valley Park. The men's eight-kilometer race begins at 10 a.m. with the women's six-kilometer race at 10:45 a.m., and the awards ceremony at 11:45 a.m.
In the Steel and Silver Series competition cup with Colorado State-Pueblo, the Mountain Lions hold a 12-0 advantage going into the cross country championships. The UCCS women's soccer team swept the ThunderWolves with 3-0 and 3-1 victories and volleyball won it's only match of the season with CSU-Pueblo by a 3-1 score. Men's soccer claimed all of the points in its sport with a 2-1 victory and a 0-0 tie, and claimed the points off of the "winner-take-all" scoring within each sport.
The Mountain Lions can take a 16-0 advantage in the series by placing ahead of the ThunderWolves in the cross country championships this weekend. CSU-Pueblo only competes in women's cross country.
The first school to 23 points will win the all-sport competition. UCCS has won the trophy every year since its inception in the 2005-06 season.
Men's and Women's Cross Country
Four of the top overall men's and women's programs in Division II this season are from the RMAC, and UCCS is included on that list. Using the guideline of combining the men's and women's national rankings, the Mountain Lions would be ranked eighth in the best overall program. Adams State, Western State and Colorado Mines rank ahead of UCCS in the ranking scenario.
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