Lees-McRae the early leader in Joby Hawn Cup standings

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College athletic department is the early leader in the race for the 2011-2012 Conference Carolinas Joby Hawn Cup after capturing a pair of league titles this fall, announced conference officials Tuesday.

The league will continue to use the same format that was new for last year, where the Hawn Cup will have a winner for just the women's sports, a winner for just the men's sports, and then an overall winner using both the men and women's combined tallies. Hawn Cup points are awarded in each sport based on the order of regular season finish with bonus points going to the tournament champion (2 bonus points) and runner-up finisher (1 bonus point), based on the number of participating teams in each sport.

Lees-McRae enters the winter season in a three-way tie for the lead in the race for the men's cup with King College and Queens University of Charlotte, as each school tallied 16 out of 22 possible points and had a featured team that either won a conference championship or finish runner-up to help earn bonus points. Coker College is close behind with 15 points after winning the men's soccer title, as Limestone College and Erskine College each have 14.5 markers.

"This fall has been remarkable for the coaches, student-athletes and staff on our campus, as all five fall sports teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament," said Director of Athletics Craig McPhail. "This is a tribute to a lot of people who have worked tirelessly to make Lees-McRae a better place, and we are proud of their great accomplishments."

The Bobcats currently hold the individual lead on the women's side, tallying 37 points for a 1.028 rating. Lees-McRae's initial lead can be credited to a conference title in both women's soccer and women's volleyball. The Bobcats are followed closely by Queens' total of 33 points after the Royals captured the women's cross country title. Belmont Abbey College and Mount Olive College are also close behind with 27.5 and 27 points, respectively.

Lees-McRae also holds the early lead in the race for the overall cup with a combined rating of 0.914. Queens is close behind with a rating of 0.845, followed by King (0.733) and Mount Olive (0.672).

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