WACO, TEXAS (May 17, 2018) -- Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) maintained its grip on the Red River Athletic Conference's (RRAC) year-long honor by claiming the 2017-2018 RRAC All-Sports Award. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Saints' athletic department has been the conference's top performer, extending a run that is the second best in conference history behind Houston Baptist's nine straight years at the top. OLLU led the field with 134 total points.
Athletic Director Jack Hank commented, "I am so proud of all of our coaches and our student-athletes who continue to do the best they can every single day to excel not only in the classroom and in the community, but also in their playing atmosphere. Their hard work has paid off, and for that, I congratulate them! Great job Saints! I also commend all the other schools, who brought home championships to their programs. Today is a great day for the Red River Athletic Conference."
|2017-2018 RRAC All-Sports Award Final Standings|
|1.||Our Lady of the Lake||134|
The All-Sports Award is given annually to the RRAC athletic program that performs best across the conference's sports in a given academic year. Points are awarded to the top five teams in regular season conference standings using a 10-8-6-4-2 scoring system, while results in conference tournaments and championship events merit additional points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. In sports such as cross country, golf, and track and field, postseason team finishes are awarded regular season and postseason points. A sport must have at least four schools participating to qualify for inclusion in point calculations.
The Saints were champions in six sports -- men's and women's cross country, volleyball, men's golf, women's track and field, and softball (tie). They tacked on an RRAC volleyball tournament title and a runner-up finish in the RRAC women's basketball tournament. OLLU finished second in the women's basketball regular season standings and third in men's basketball. The Saints registered points in nine of the 10 sports they participate in, and they outdistanced all other schools by 52 points.
LSU Alexandria continued its ascent in the all-sports standings, up another spot to second this year. The Generals won regular season titles in women's soccer and softball (shared with OLLU), while collecting tournament wins in men's basketball, women's tennis and baseball. They were runners-up in the men's basketball and baseball standings. This is the highest level the program has reached in the RRAC.
Southwest also set a new school record by finishing third in the results. The Mustangs scored points in nine different sports this year, making it as high as second in women's cross country and third in six other sports.
Wiley slipped to fourth despite winning a championship in men's track and field and placing second in men's cross country, women's soccer and women's track and field. LSU Shreveport followed in fifth place with its high-water mark on the heels of regular season crowns in baseball and men's and women's basketball. Texas A&M-Texarkana finished sixth in its second year in the RRAC.
RRAC All-Sports Award Champions
|2017-2018||Our Lady of the Lake University|
|2016-2017||Our Lady of the Lake University|
|2015-2016||Our Lady of the Lake University|
|2014-2015||Our Lady of the Lake University|
|2013-2014||Our Lady of the Lake University|
|2012-2013||Texas Wesleyan University|
|2011-2012||Texas Wesleyan University|
|2010-2011||Texas Wesleyan University|
|2009-2010||University of Texas-Brownsville|
|2006-2007||Houston Baptist University|
|2005-2006||Houston Baptist University|
|2004-2005||Houston Baptist University|
|2003-2004||Houston Baptist University|
|2002-2003||Houston Baptist University|
|2001-2002||Houston Baptist University|
|Houston Baptist University|
|1999-2000||Houston Baptist University|
|1998-1999||Houston Baptist University|