HIGH POINT, N.C. – Belmont Abbey ranks first overall in the annual Hawn Cup standings after the fall Conference Carolinas championships, the league office announced today. The Hawn Cup, named in honor of former Commissioner H.C. “Joby” Hawn is awarded to the league member that shows the highest rating of excellence in conference-sponsored sports throughout the entire athletic year. 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) in each sport.

As well as starting the year on top of the standings for the overall award, Belmont Abbey also leads in the fight for the individual women’s cup, tallying 28.5 points for a 0.864 rating. The Crusaders’ initial lead can be credited to their two championship runner-up finishes in women’s volleyball and women’s cross country. North Greenville University is currently the second-place team after compiling 25.5 points and a 0.773 rating.  Limestone College sits in third place with 25 points after claiming the women’s soccer title.

Lees-McRae currently holds the top spot in the race for the men’s cup with The Abbey fifth.

In the overall tally, Belmont Abbey is just slightly ahead of current three-time Hawn Cup winner Limestone.  The Crusaders have totaled 40.5 points and a 0.779 rating, with Limestone only half a point behind, tallying 40 points and a 0.769 rating. Mount Olive and North Greenville follow in a tie for third place, currently tallying 34.5 points and a 0.663 overall rating, while Lees-McRae is right behind in fifth with 31 points and a 0.596 rating.  Rounding out the schools in order of rating are Barton (0.567), Southern Wesleyan (0.529), King (0.356), Converse (0.258), and Erskine (0.250).