SAINT LEO, Fla. – Sunshine State Conference championships in women's cross country, women's soccer, volleyball, and softball paved the way for Saint Leo University to win the 2016-17 women's division of the SSC Mayors' Cup, in final standings released on Thursday.
The Sunshine State Conference Mayors' Cup, representative of overall supremacy among SSC institutions in women's athletics, is the first women's division award for Saint Leo and the University's fourth overall.
"I want to congratulate the student-athletes and coaches on our 10 women's teams on their achievements over the course of 2016-17 that have led to this accomplishment," said Francis X. Reidy, Saint Leo's director of athletics. "We are challenged on a daily basis by competing against the depth of talent around the Sunshine State Conference – the conference of champions – making this award a profound statement of the excellence we have achieved."
Points in the SSC Mayors' Cup race are earned based on order of finish in the final Sunshine State Conference standings in league sports. The Women's Mayors' Cup is decided by competition in the sports of volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, softball, and rowing.
The Lions edged out Nova Southeastern by half of a point. Saint Leo took the crown with 53 points, while NSU came in second with 52.5. Tampa came in third with 46 points, while Florida Southern finished with 44.5 points for a fourth-place finish.
When combined with the men's scores, Saint Leo earned enough points in the two Mayors' Cup races to sit atop the Sunshine State Conference for the fourth straight year. Saint Leo men's athletics finished sixth in an incredibly tight race for the men's division award, with just seven points separating second from sixth place.
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