By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Toledo, Ohio---The National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) has announced its final NATYCAA Cup standings of the year, and Owens Community College finished 33rd among all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) scholarship division schools.
The rankings are formulated by awarding NJCAA institutions with points based on finish at NJCAA championship events. A first place finish is worth 20 points, a second place finish is worth 19 points and so on.
Among 257 scholarship division schools across the NJCAA Division I and II levels, Owens placed 33rd on the strength of the performance of three teams - women's volleyball, women's basketball and men's golf.
In the men's division, Owens garnered 16 points for its fifth place finish at the NJCAA Division II national tournament, which tied the program's record for highest finish. In the women's division, Owens earned 28 points based on the strength of a fifth place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament by the women's basketball team, which was the program's second consecutive top five finish nationally, and a ninth place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament by the women's volleyball team, which was its second top 10 finish in the past four years.
Overall, Owens tallied 44 points, which was by far the highest total among all conference schools and the fourth highest in the region behind Lansing, Schoolcraft and Vincennes. The next closest conference school was Sinclair, who finished 109th in the nation behind a third place finish from its baseball team.
For the full standings, visit here
The Owens Community College athletic department previously captured the 2015-16 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) All-Sports Award for the second straight year and the fourth time in the past five years.
Late in June, Owens set a record with 42 OCCAC All-Academic team recipients, which set a college and conference record.
Furthermore, later this week, Owens is expected to set a college record for most NJCAA Individual Academic Award winners and NJCAA Team Academic Award winners. Stay tuned to OwensExpress.com for more info on that.
In 2015-16, the Owens athletic department captured four OCCAC championships, three Region XII championships and made three appearances at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, where all three of those teams finished in the top 10. Over the past four years alone, Owens has produced 11 teams to finish among the nation's top 10 at the national tournament, along with 15 teams that have captured conference championships.