Tritons win 5th straight ?Cup

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Iowa Central athletic department claimed its record fifth-straight National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators Cup in the Scholarship Division.

The trophy was presented to Iowa Central at the NACDA Convention recently in Orlando, Fla.

Iowa Central amassed a record 181 points for the 2012-13, breaking its own record of 165.5 points that they set in 2009-10, which was their second trophy.

“This is a great honor for all of our teams and our school,” said Iowa Central athletic director Rick Sandquist. “This is our goal every year. It takes every program doing the right thing to win this award.

“For us to be able to win it five straight years is truly a testament to our coaches, administrators and student-athletes. We don’t take this honor for granted.”

Iowa Central tied the record for most consecutive NATYCAA Cups won in either division this year.

College of DuPage won the NATYCAA Cup five times in a row from 2005-2009 in the Non-Scholarship Division and won six straight titles overall as it won the Scholarship Division in 2004.

Iowa Central sat in fifth place after the fall seasons completed with 34 points.

A wildly successful winter campaign earned Iowa Central 122 points and catapulted the Tritons to the top of the standings with 156 points.

Iowa Central added 25 more points in the spring to secure the trophy.

This year the Iowa Central athletic department claimed four national titles overall. Women’s cross country, men’s and women’s half marathon and women’s outdoor track and field all raised NJCAA national championship trophies.

On the women’s side, five other programs qualified for NJCAA National Tournament. Women’s bowling finished second in its inaugural season and women’s indoor track and field also finished second. Women’s swimming was seventh, volleyball finished 13th and basketball also qualified for the NJCAA Tournament.

On the men’s side six sports qualified for postseason play. The indoor and outdoor track and field teams each finished second nationally. The bowling team took third in its inaugural season. Swimming and wrestling each finished fifth and the rodeo program competed at the CNFR Nationals as well and finished 19th.

Iowa Central also finished second in the Learfield Cup standings which recognizes the top program across all levels of junior college athletic departments.

In the Learfield standings, Iowa Central tallied 192.5 points, just shy of Gloucester County College’s 195.5 points.

Gloucester also won the NATYCAA Cup in the Non-Scholarship Division with 169 points.

Schools accumulate points based on finishes at national tournaments or rankings in the final poll if there is no national tournament for that sport.

Twenty points are awarded for a first place finish, 19 for second and so on. Schools may count points for only five men’s and five women’s sports.