Colorado School of Mines has six-peated the RMAC All-Sports Cup, which measures overall excellence among its 15 member institutions’ athletic departments.
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The only other institution that’s won six or more consecutive All-Sports Cups in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference was former member Nebraska-Kearney, which won 11 consecutive in 1995-2005.
Over the 2021-22 school year, the Orediggers tallied 927 points and edged out Colorado Mesa, which finished at 913 points, according to an athletics department press release.
Points are based on regular-season finishes for most sports and RMAC Championship finishes for cross country, track & field and swimming. Institutions count the finishes of four main sports — men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball and either football or men's soccer — plus their top three men's and three women's team scores for a possible total of 1,000 points.
For Mines, its four core sports contributed 368 out of 400 possible points. Men’s soccer and women’s basketball both won conference titles, while the volleyball team finished second and the men’s basketball team had a playoff showing.
Then it scored 559 points total as men’s cross country and football won conference titles; both outdoor track & field teams and women’s cross country were conference runners-up; and soccer placed third in the conference.
The 2021-22 RMAC All-Sports Cup is Mines’ seventh overall, as it won its first in 2011-12.
Since then, Mines has finished no lower than third in the standings. The only exception is 2020-21, when the conference didn’t have an All-Sports Cup at all because of pandemic-altered athletic schedules.
In a press release earlier this month, Director of Athletics David Hansburg said this sixth consecutive All-Sports Cup represents a team effort by student-athletes, coaches, staff and administration.
“We have worked very hard at Mines over the last decade to raise the bar for ourselves on and off the field of play,” Hansburg continued. “To have this level of sustained success in the RMAC, which is one of the strongest NCAA Division II conferences in the nation, is truly a great accomplishment.”
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