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Posted May 20, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. – For the third consecutive year, and the 10th time in the last 11 years, Bucknell has claimed the Patriot League Presidents’ Cup.
The Bison have now won the Cup, which signifies the Patriot League’s all-sports champion, 14 times in the 18-year history of the conference. Bucknell totaled 120.25 points, nearly 12 points ahead of runner-up Navy (108.5).
Bucknell’s 120.25 points were the fourth-most in Patriot League history, and it is the second-highest total for the Bison, trailing only last year’s 126.25. Army, which is the only other team to win a Presidents’ Cup, is the only other institution to accumulate at least 120 points in one year.
In addition to the overall Presidents’ Cup, the Patriot League awards all-sports trophies for both men and women, and Bucknell won the women’s trophy for the 14th time. The Bison were second to Navy in the men’s trophy standings. Bucknell has now claimed the women’s trophy 11 consecutive years and 14 times overall. The Bison women totaled 62.75 points, while second-place Colgate had 48.5. The men were eight points ahead of third-place Army with 57.5 points, but Navy (61 points) won its first men’s trophy since tying Bucknell in 2004.
“Congratulations to all the Bison student-athletes and coaches for winning the Presidents’ Cup for the 14th time in 18 years,” said Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell. “This significant accomplishment is reflective of our hard-working student-athletes who excel in both academics and athletics. They have continued a remarkable tradition of success in the competitive Patriot League, and all of us at Bucknell are proud of them.”
“Earning the Presidents’ Cup once again is a remarkable accomplishment for Bucknell’s student-athletes, coaches and staff,” said John Hardt, director of athletics and recreation. “It is extremely satisfying knowing our programs can continue to excel at a high level in such a competitive conference and do so with true scholar-athletes.”
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