YORK, PA – For the third consecutive year, the York College Spartans captured the Capital Athletic Conference Men’s Commissioner’s Award as announced by the conference office recently. The Spartans, after winning the award outright in the last two years, shared the title with Salisbury this season as both teams accumulated 86 points for the year.
The award signifies the most outstanding men’s athletic program in the Capital Athletic Conference. The Spartans accumulated their points in the ten CAC sponsored men’s sports with men’s soccer, men’s basketball and men’s cross country picking up conference championships.
Salisbury earned their share of the award with championships in men’s indoor track & field, men’s lacrosse, baseball, and men’s outdoor track & field.
The Spartans had another strong year as their ten men’s teams (wrestling is not a CAC sponsored sport) combined to post a regular season mark of 160-102-7 (60.5%). In addition to the three championships, the men’s track and field squad finished runner-up in their championship meet. The Spartans’ men’s teams combined to go 38-22-3 (62.7%) in conference play throughout the 2011-12 year.
Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia was happy to see the men’s athletic program earn the honor the third straight year.
"I'm really proud of our consistent excellence on the men's side of the CAC,” says Saikia. “Considering the outstanding representation our conference has on the national level, it is notable to be at the top. Our women are making strides as well with our goal of challenging for the All-Sports Award soon."
The championship for the men’s soccer team was the program’s third straight CAC championship and sixth overall. The soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the school-record seventh straight year thanks to the CAC automatic berth. The basketball title was the second overall for the Spartans and the first since the 2004-05 season, a year in which the Spartans advanced to the Division III Final Four. The cross country championship was the first in the history of the program. York has now won 19 Capital Athletic Conference championships overall with 16 of those titles coming from the men’s side of the department.
In the overall Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award standings, York finished third with 168.5 points. Salisbury won the overall title with 205.0 points while Mary Washington finished second, just 8.5 points in front of the Spartans. Salisbury captured 12 of the 21 CAC sponsored championships and finished second in three other sports. Salisbury has won the last seven all-sports awards.
On the women’s side of the department, the Spartans finished third with 82.5 points. Salisbury captured the Women’s Sports Award with 119.0 points while Mary Washington finished second with 103 points. The Spartans had second-place finishes in women’s basketball, women’s indoor track & field, women’s lacrosse, and women’s outdoor track & field.