The top Mid-American Conference (MAC) institutional awards and final standings for the Reese Trophy and Jacoby Trophy were announced by the Conference office today. Akron was honored with the Reese Trophy in men’s competition, while Kent State was honored with the Jacoby Trophy in women’s competition.
Kent State won the Jacoby Trophy, recognized as the top women’s program in MAC, for the eighth time in program history and the first time since 2010. The Kent State Golden Flashes compete in ten women’s sports and during the 2013-14 academic year won the MAC women’s indoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field and women’s golf championships.
In women’s indoor track and field, Kent State won its fifth MAC title, including its third consecutive, while the outdoor squad captured its seventh overall and fourth straight title. The women’s golf team continued its dominance in the league winning their 16th straight championship. Gymnastics picked up a regular season crown for the second straight year and field hockey won the title after being predicted to finish in fourth in the preseason conference poll. The Kent State soccer team had a solid season finishing second in the east division, and the softball squad was the No. 4 seed in the MAC Tournament.
For the first time in program history, the University of Akron was honored with the Reese Trophy as the top men’s athletic program from the MAC. Akron was previously presented the Reese Trophy on May 13 during the MAC Honors Dinner as part of the Conference Spring meetings last week.
During the 2013-14 academic year, Akron competed in seven men’s sports and won the MAC men’s soccer and indoor track and field tournament championships. The men’s soccer program earned its 10th MAC Tournament title and ninth-consecutive regular season crown en route to the squad’s 28th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Akron posted a 17-4-1 record, spent the entire campaign ranked in the top-25 nationally and achieved a No. 7 designation in the final poll of the regular season. With four runners finishing in the top 14, the cross country team posted its best finish ever at the conference championship meet. The Zips finished runner-up in the event, 37 points ahead of third place. A program-best four Zips earned Second-Team All-MAC honors. The Zips’ football team finished the season with a 5-7 mark, going 4-4 in MAC play. Akron finished tied for third in the MAC East with Ohio thanks to wins in three-straight and four of the last five games to end the year. Seven Zips earned All-MAC honors. During the winter, the men’s indoor track and field team won its third indoor MAC championship in the last four years, coming from behind to down host Kent State in the next-to-last event. Akron sophomore Shawn Barber became the school’s first male individual national champion by winning the pole vault.
The men’s basketball program posted its ninth-straight season of 21 or more wins to finish the campaign with a 21-13 mark overall, 12-6 in MAC play. The Zips finish second in the East Division and advanced to the MAC Tournament semifinals for a ninth-straight season. The Zips received a postseason invitation to the CIT Basketball Tournament. The men’s golf team opened the spring championship schedule with a second-place finish at the MAC Championship earlier this month. Two Zips finished in the top-five to help Akron tie the program mark for best finish at the MAC Championship event.
For the Reese and Jacoby Trophies, points are awarded based on each school’s finish, with the overall total divided by the number of sports sponsored by each school. An institution may count either indoor track and field or outdoor track and field, but not both.
The men’s trophy is named for former MAC Commissioner David E. Reese. Reese was the first-ever MAC Commissioner and served the conference from its inception in 1946 until 1964.
The women’s trophy is named for former MAC Commissioner Fred Jacoby. Jacoby was the MAC Commissioner from 1971-82 and is credited with incorporating women’s athletics into the conference structure. 2013-14 Reese (Men’s) Standings 2013-14 Final Jacoby (Women’s) Standings School Sports Points Avg. School Sports Points Avg. Akron 8 79.5 9.93 Kent State 10 91.67 9.167 Kent State 8 61.5 7.68 Central Michigan 9 78.0 8.667 Toledo 6 45.0 7.5 Eastern Michigan 11 87.25 7.93 Eastern Michigan 9 67.0 7.44 Buffalo 9 70.0 7.78 Ball State 6 41.5 6.91 Miami 10 76.67 7.67 Western Michigan 5 34.0 6.8 Akron 10 73.5 7.35 Central Michigan 7 45.5 6.5 Toledo 10 70.25 7.02 Buffalo 10 61.0 6.1 Bowling Green 11 73.5 6.68 Ohio 6 35.5 5.91 Ohio 10 61.16 6.12 Bowling Green 6 35.5 5.91 Western Michigan 10 60.5 6.05 Northern Illinois 7 41.0 5.85 Northern Illinois 10 54.0 5.4 Miami 7 39.5 5.64 Ball State 12 60.5 5.04