SU’S ATHLETIC PROGRAM SHINES WITH LEAGUE-BEST EIGHTH DIXON TROPHY

By Perry Mattern ’15-’17M

This May, Shippensburg University reclaimed the Dixon Trophy as the top overall athletics program in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). The Dixon Trophy standings are based on an average score for every PSAC Championship sport that an institution sponsors. Shippensburg paced the conference with a 12.82 overall average, while IUP finished second (12.65) and West Chester third (12.36).

Our student-athletes represent our institution at an extremely high level in all efforts.
— Dr. Barbara Lyman, interim president

Shippensburg has now won the Dixon Trophy a conference-record eight times. No other school has won more than three times. The honor also marks the first Dixon Trophy for Shippensburg since 2010-11 and is the first for the Raiders since the current trophy scoring format went into effect in 2012-13.

“I’m extremely proud of Shippensburg winning the 2016-17 Dixon Trophy,” said Dr. Barbara Lyman, interim president. “We feel very fortunate to gain this prestigious honor. It’s the contributions from all twenty sports that makes this a really rewarding honor.”

Shippensburg claimed the 2016-17 Dixon Trophy on the strength of a league-best seven conference championships: men’s and women’s cross country, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Worth noting, fourteen of Shippensburg’s twenty intercollegiate athletic teams posted an average score of 10 points or higher. SU’s nine men’s sports combined for a 12.06 average (third-best in the PSAC), while SU’s eleven women’s sports combined for a 13.45 average (second-best
in the PSAC).

“Our student-athletes represent our institution at an extremely high level in all efforts,” Lyman said. “Although they’re being represented today for their athletic accomplishments, they also excelled in the classroom and within our community.”

Shippensburg has now finished first or second in the Dixon Trophy standings sixteen times in the twenty-two-year history of the award, including a top three finish in eight of the last nine years.

The trophy is named after F. Eugene Dixon Jr., former chair of the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education, of which the fourteen universities in the PSAC are members.

Perry Mattern ’15-’17M was the sports information assistant.

CLINCHING THE DIXON TROPHY

The Dixon Trophy standings are based on an average score for every PSAC Championship sport that an institution sponsors. A first-place conference finish earns eighteen points, while last place
earns one point.

In this scoring format, which was enacted in 2012-13, it is imperative for each institution’s sport to show a strong performance, not just the elite teams. Shippensburg’s league-best seven PSAC championships (men’s cross country, men’s basketball, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track and field, and women’s outdoor track and field) played a big factor in winning its first Dixon Trophy since 2010-11. But what are some of the other squads that helped contribute to the Raider’s overall success?

2nd Field Hockey (16 points)
3rd Women’s Basketball (16 points)
3rd Women’s Swimming (15 points)
4th Baseball (15 points)
4th Softball (15 points)
Tied 5th Football (10.5 points)
6th Volleyball (12 points)

The key for this year’s Dixon Trophy is that fourteen of SU’s twenty intercollegiate teams posted a top six conference finish that resulted in ten or more points toward the average.