Clarke University’s intercollegiate athletic program placed sixth in the first-ever Heart of America Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Cup. The announcement was made Friday by the league office.
Benedictine College claimed the top spot in the 13-team conference. The award will be presented at the Heart Conference Summit on July 29th in Olathe, Kansas.
Benedictine and William Penn tied in the final standings, both accumulating 51 points, but the tie was broken based on head-to-head regular-season conference finishes. Both institutions earned four 1st place finishes, two 2nd place finishes, and one 3rd place finish, but the Ravens broke the tie with 4th place finishes at a 6-0 margin.
The Ravens earned a significant amount of points in the fall after claiming top spots in football, men’s cross country, and women’s soccer. They also took the regular season title for men’s basketball during the winter season.
The Statesmen, who finished the fall standings in 10th place, made a comeback with strong winter and spring showings. William Penn claimed top spots in women’s basketball, women’s bowling, women’s golf, and baseball.
Rounding out the top five were Central Methodist (51 points), Grand View (50 points), and Baker (42 points).