EMU Finishes Near the Top in Reese/Jacoby Trophy Standings - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Courtesy: EMU

EMU Finishes Near the Top in Reese/Jacoby Trophy Standings

Posted: Updated:
With another record-setting season in the books for the Eastern Michigan University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Eagles finished near the top in the battle for the Mid-American Conference all-sports championships.

The women's athletic program turned in a third-place showing in the race for the Jacoby Trophy, while the men's athletic program turned in its eighth consecutive top-five finish in the battle for the Reese Trophy.

The Eastern Michigan women's soccer team's championship was the highest finish for the women's program which finished inside the top three for the first time since 2010-11. The Jacoby Trophy is named after former MAC Commissioner Fred Jacoby who served the league from 1971-82 and is credited with incorporating women's athletics into the league's structure.

Kent State University won the women's team title with a 9.167 average followed in order by Central Michigan  (8.667), Eastern Michigan (7.93), Buffalo (7.78), Miami (7.67), Akron (7.35), Toledo (7.02), Bowling Green (6.68), Ohio (6.12), Western Michigan (6.05), Northern Illinois (5.40) and Ball State (5.04).

The EMU men finished fourth in 2013-14, with Akron claiming the championship. Kent State had a 7.68 average for its men's sports followed by Toledo at 7.50. Rounding out the final standings was EMU (7.44), Ball State  (6.91), Western Michigan (6.80), Central Michigan (6.50), Buffalo (6.10), Ohio (5.91), Bowling Green (6.91), Northern Illinois (5.85) and Miami (5.64).

Eastern has won the Reese Trophy four times, capturing the title in 1987-88, 1990-91, 1995-96, and 2007-08. The Eagles were tied for second in 2008-09 and 2011-12, won in 2007-08 and were third in 2006-07 and 2009-10.

The Reese Trophy is named for former MAC Commissioner David E. Reese, the first-ever MAC Commissioner who served the league from its inception in 1946 until retiring in 1964.

When compiling Reese and Jacoby Trophy points, all MAC-sponsored sports receive points. For the first time institutions counted both indoor track and outdoor track and field, as previously they could only count one. The sum of those total points is then divided by the number of sports sponsored by that school, resulting in an average point total. The school with the highest average is awarded the trophy.

2013-14 Reese (Men's) Standings
School Sports Points Avg.

Akron, 8, 79.5, 9.93
Kent State, 8, 61.5, 7.68
Toledo, 6, 45.0, 7.5
Eastern Michigan, 9, 67.0, 7.44
Ball State, 6, 41.5, 6.91
Western Michigan, 5, 34.0, 6.8
Central Michigan, 7, 45.5, 6.5
Buffalo, 10, 61.0, 6.1
Ohio, 6, 35.5, 5.91
Bowling Green, 6, 35.5, 5.91
Northern Illinois, 7, 41.0, 5.85
Miami, 7, 39.5, 5.64

2013-14 Final Jacoby (Women's) Standings
School, No. Sports, Total Points, Avg.
Kent State, 10, 91.67, 9.167
Central Michigan, 9, 78.0, 8.667
Eastern Michigan, 11, 87.25, 7.93
Buffalo, 9, 70.0, 7.78
Miami, 10, 76.67, 7.67
Akron, 10, 73.5, 7.35
Toledo, 10, 70.25, 7.02
Bowling Green, 11, 73.5, 6.68
Ohio, 10, 61.16, 6.12
Western Michigan, 10, 60.5, 6.05
Northern Illinois, 10, 54.0, 5.4
Ball State, 12, 60.5, 5.04