OLLU wins seventh consecutive RRAC All-Sports Award
Following a truncated year that saw the elimination of spring sports championships due to coronavirus, the overall result from competition was familiar. OLLU earned its seventh consecutive Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) All-Sports Award with a total of 78 points and a 34-point margin over the field. This year’s achievement helped OLLU surpass (former NAIA, now NCAA D1) Houston Baptist University’s (HBU) mark of six straight outright All-Sports titles. HBU still holds the record for total awards with nine.
|2019-2020 RRAC All-Sports Award|
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The All-Sports Award is given annually to the RRAC athletic program that performs best across the conference’s sports in a given academic year. Points are awarded to the top five teams in regular-season conference standings using a 10-8-6-4-2 scoring system, while results in conference tournaments and championship events merit additional points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. In sports such as cross country, postseason team finishes are awarded regular season and postseason points. A sport must have at least four schools participating to qualify for inclusion in point calculations.
Baseball, softball, women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field were the sports that were eliminated this year so no points were received.
OLLU had one of the top-ranked teams nationally in women’s basketball where they won the RRAC regular-season title before the national tournament was canceled. The Saints also claimed titles in women’s soccer (regular season and tournament) as well as men’s and women’s cross country. OLLU was also third in the RRAC men’s soccer standings.
“As we receive this record-breaking recognition, we need to issue a special thank you to all administrators, professors and personnel that support and help our program develop scholar student-athletes,” says OLLU Director of Athletics Shane Hurley. “This is an honor for our athletic program and institution, and it is a result of high expectations and demanding cultures set by our coaches, as well as the resilience of our student-athletes.”
LSU Shreveport finished as the runner-up in this year’s standings. The Pilots won the last two RRAC championship events on March 7, when they claimed both the conference men’s and women’s basketball championship games. LSUS placed second in the regular-season standings for both of those sports while achieving second place and fifth place in the men’s and women’s soccer results.
LSU Alexandria landed in third place in all-sports points with a men’s basketball regular-season title and a women’s soccer second-place finish to its credit. The University of the Southwest placed fourth with runner-up efforts in men’s and women’s cross country, while Wiley earned fifth place. The University of Houston-Victoria (men’s soccer champion) and Huston-Tilllotson University (volleyball champion) tied for sixth.