UC San Diego Wins 2016 CCAA Robert J. Hiegert Commissioner's Cup
SAN RAMON, Calif. - With its incredibly successful athletics season, the University of California San Diego claimed its sixth Robert J. Hiegert Commissioner's Cup Trophy Wednesday night at the California Collegiate Athletic Association's (CCAA) third-annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which took place at the Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa.
It was the first Hiegert Cup win for UC San Diego since 2010. The Tritons' athletics program won the award for five consecutive years between 2006 and 2010.
The award, named in honor of former league commissioner and CCAA Hall of Famer, Robert J. Hiegert, is given to the CCAA member institution with the highest aggregate ranking in eight of the conference's 12 championship sport offerings.
UC San Diego collected a conference-low 19 points after taking home a CCAA Championship banner in women's basketball and four top-two finishes in men's basketball, women's cross country, women's track and field and men's track and field. The Tritons also claimed CCAA Tournament victories in women's soccer and softball.
Also contributing to UCSD's victory was women's volleyball, which finished third in the regular-season standings.
Chico State, which prior to 2015 had snagged the honor for four straight years, finished just behind UC San Diego. The Wildcats compiled 20.5 points for the 2015-16 season after their men's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's track and field, and women's track and field teams captured CCAA Championships. Contributing with second-place performances were the women's soccer and softball teams.
Cal Poly Pomona, the 2015 Commissioner's Cup recipient, was third after scoring 27.5 points and was followed by Stanislaus State (37), Sonoma State (37.5), Humboldt State (38 pts.), Cal State East Bay (49.5), San Francisco State (49.5), Cal State San Bernardino (50), Cal State LA (51), Cal State Monterey Bay (54.5), Cal State Dominguez Hills (62) and Cal State San Marcos (69).
An institution's Hiegert Cup ranking is calculated by using its top two conference finishes in the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons, as well as the highest two other finishes, regardless of season. An institution's numerical finish for team sports is determined by regular-season standings. Individual sport finishes are determined by placings at the season-ending championship event.
CCAA team sports include soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. Individual sports are cross country, men's golf and track and field. Insitution's winning the conference tournament in the sports of men's soccer, women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, and softball deduct one point from their regular season finish.
Overall during the 2015-16 academic year, nine of UC San Diego's 23 teams won conference regular season or tournament championships, including women's basketball, men's and women's fencing, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's water polo and women's water polo.
Seventeen teams competed in NCAA postseason play - men's basketball, women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, women's volleyball, men's water polo and women's water polo.
In addition, thirty Tritons earned All-America accolades, while 119 were named to all-conference teams.
2015-16 Robert J. Hiegert Commissioner's Cup Trophy Standings
1. UC San Diego, 19 points
2. Chico State, 20.5
3. Cal Poly Pomona, 27.5
4. Cal State Stanislaus, 37
5. Sonoma State, 37.5
6. Humboldt State, 38
t-7. Cal State East Bay, 49.5
t-7. San Francisco State, 49.5
8. Cal State San Bernardino, 50
9. Cal State LA, 51
10. Cal State Monterey Bay, 54.5
11. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 62
12. Cal State Monterey Bay, 69