NKU Finishes Seventh in Horizon League Year-End Standings

Northern Kentucky University finished seventh in the final 2018-19 James J. McCafferty Trophy standings, matching the 2016-17 season as the best finish in NKU’s brief four-year history of the league.

The trophy is presented to the top athletics program in the Horizon League and is named for the conference's first commissioner.

Norse athletics amassed a program-record 29 points in the standings, eclipsing the 2016-17 season’s total of 26.5 points.

NKU has been part of the conference since 2015.

NKU’s men’s programs also established a new high-water mark with 16 points, tying Illinois-Chicago. Men’s basketball led the way with seven points by virtue of its regular-season and league tournament championships, while men’s golf chipped in with five points courtesy of its second-place showing in the league championship. Baseball and men’s cross country added two points apiece.

The women’s teams combined total of 13 points was a mere 0.5 points off the previous record. Volleyball used its tie of second place during the regular season, coupled with a runner-up finish in the league tourney, to pace the women’s scoring with five points. Women’s soccer and softball contributed three points each. Women’s track & field capitalized on its fourth-place finish in the outdoor championships to added 1.5 points and women’s basketball scored a half point behind its best Horizon League record to date. 

McCafferty Trophy Standings
1. Wright State - 43 points
2. Oakland - 35
3. Milwaukee - 34
4. Youngstown State – 33.5
5. UIC - 33
6. Cleveland State - 30
7. Northern Kentucky - 29
8. IUPUI – 27.5
9. Green Bay - 20
10. Detroit – 7.5

Men’s All-Sports Totals
1. Wright State - 26
T2. Oakland - 19
T2. Youngstown State - 19
T4. UIC - 16
T4. Northern Kentucky - 16
T6. Milwaukee - 12
T6. Cleveland State - 12
8. IUPUI - 9
9. Green Bay - 7
10. Detroit – 0.5

Women’s All-Sports Totals
1. Milwaukee - 22
2. IUPUI - 18.5
3. Cleveland State - 18
T4. UIC - 17
T4. Wright State - 17
6. Oakland - 16
7. Youngstown State – 14.5
T8. Green Bay - 13
T8. Northern Kentucky - 13
10. Detroit - 7

-Staff report