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Indianapolis Repeats as GLVC SAAC Challenge Trophy Winners

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis has claimed back-to-back Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Challenge Trophies, it was announced by the league office Friday. The GLVC SAAC Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the Hounds at the Enterprise Rent-a-Car GLVC Spring Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 23 in St. Louis.

In the 10-year history of the award, Indianapolis has won eight times, including five years in a row from 2009-2014.

The Greyhounds accumulated 539 points through the academic year based on a scoring model in which points are awarded in each area of the six attributes of Division II: service, learning, passion, sportsmanship, balance, and resourcefulness.

Drury University finished a distant second with 469 points, and Missouri S&T was third with 399 points. Rockhurst University took fourth, while McKendree University scored 244 points to round out the top five. Spots six and seven were close, separated by a single point as they respectively went to the Bellarmine University (220) and Quincy University (219). University of Southern Indiana (166), William Jewell College (151) and University of Missouri-St. Louis (136) came in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively as the only others to score 100 or more points. Maryville University and Truman State University tied for 11th with 96 points, while Lewis was 13th with 94 points and Saint Joseph’s was close behind with 90 points for 14th. The final two places were completed by University of Wisconsin-Parkside (68) and University of Illinois Springfield (51).

In order to be eligible for the GLVC SAAC Challenge Trophy, schools must participate in a community engagement or service project and raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation throughout the season. In addition, points are also awarded for each school’s finish in the GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award standings, and based on how many Academic All-Conference representatives and GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honorees they had in the previous academic season.

To this date, GLVC SAAC has raised a combined $13,510.10. UIndy raised $4,147 of that total, an increase of almost $500 in its donation from a year ago. Missouri S&T was close behind, raising $4,054.10.

Drury won the trophy for the 2008-09 academic year, while Missouri S&T was the other winner in 2014-15. The 2016-17 results can be found below.

2016-17 GLVC SAAC CHALLENGE TROPHY STANDINGS

1. Indianapolis 539
2. Drury 469
3. Missouri S&T 399
4. Rockhurst 397
5. McKendree 244
6. Bellarmine 220
7. Quincy 219
8. Southern Indiana 166
9. William Jewell 151
10. Missouri-St. Louis 136
11. Maryville 96
       Truman 96
13. Lewis 94
14. Saint Joseph’s 90
15. UW-Parkside 68
16. Illinois Springfield 51