For the first time since the formation of the Mountain East Conference (MEC) in 2013, West Virginia Wesleyan College was the recipient of the MEC Commissioner’s Cup following the completion of the 2016-17 athletic seasons.
The MEC Commissioner’s Cup recognizes overall athletic excellence among its membership on an annual basis.
During halftime of the Homecoming football game against UVA-Wise on Saturday, October 14, there was a special presentation from the MEC and the MEC Commissioner Reid Amos, who officially awarded the Cup to Wesleyan.
Amos presented the 2016-17 MEC Commissioner’s Cup to Director of Athletics Randy Tenney ’77, along with President Joel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D.; Assistant Athletic Director Patrick Holguin; and Associate Athletic Director Rae Emrick.
The standings are compiled utilizing an “all-sports rating.” This rating is determined by a formula that awards points to a school for its regular season finish equal to the number of teams per sport sponsored by the MEC, and then divides by the number of sports offered by the institution. The final rating is a percentage of points acquired against the number of points available.
Last season, the Bobcats won conference championships in softball, men’s and women’s track, and won a share of the regular season title and tournament title in men’s tennis. WVWC also had runner-up finishes in men’s and women’s cross country.
In addition to the success on the field, Wesleyan also excelled in the classroom with the most student-athletes named to the All-Conference academic teams and the Commissioner’s Honor Roll than any other school in the league.