GREENVILLE, S.C. (Dec. 22, 2012) – In its first school year as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, Oklahoma Christian already has established itself as one of the organization’s elite athletic programs.
After the fall season of competition, OC is tied for second in the race for the NCCAA’s annual All-Sports Award, presented to the top overall athletic program in the NCCAA Division I.
OC, with 24 points, is tied with Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.), trailing only California Baptist, which has 38 points. California Baptist won the All-Sports Award for the 2011-12 school year.
Points in the race for the All-Sports Award are awarded based upon a team’s finish in an NCCAA Championship event. At least 30 percent of the division’s membership must sponsor a sport in order for it to be eligible for the point system. For the fall season, those sports are men’s golf, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country.
OC won national championships in men’s golf and men’s cross country during the just-completed semester to earn a maximum of 12 points in each of those sports.
OC’s women’s golf team finished as the NCCAA runner-up, but that sport is not a part of the point system for determining the All-Sports Award winner. OC had only four runners compete in the NCCAA women’s cross country race and didn’t record a team score.
California Baptist won the men’s and women’s soccer championships and was third in men’s cross country and fourth in women’s cross country. Roberts Wesleyan was second in women’s cross country, fourth in men’s cross country and fifth in both men’s golf and men’s soccer.
Rounding out the top 10 in the All-Sports Award standings were Union (Tenn.) with 18 points; Malone (Ohio) with 17.5 points; Shorter (Ga.) with 17 points; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), Fresno Pacific (Calif.), McMurry (Texas) with 16 points each and Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) and Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) with 10 points each.
Winter sports included in the race for the award include men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor track and field. Spring sports include softball, baseball, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field and men’s and women’s tennis. The All-Sports Award will be presented at the NCCAA convention next May.
OC capped its membership in the NAIA by finishing in the top 10 in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings – which measure the overall strength of a collegiate athletic program – each of the past three school years.