Bobcats finish fourth in Joby Hawn Cup race

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College athletic department finished fourth in the race for the 2010-2011 Conference Carolinas Joby Hawn Cup after making a late run during the recently completed spring season, announced league officials Thursday.

Queens University of Charlotte topped the Hawn Cup standings in all three categories, posting the highest rating of excellence in all men's conference-sponsored sports, all women's conference-sponsored sports, and both the men's and women's conference-sponsored sports combined. The Hawn Cup is tallied after each sport season (fall, winter, & spring), and then awarded each year in honor of former Commissioner H.C. "Joby" Hawn for his many years of service to the former Carolinas Conference.

Lees-McRae enjoyed tremendous success this year, capturing both the regular season and tournament titles in men's soccer and women's volleyball, finishing runner-up in the softball tournament, while the women's soccer team concluded its regular season tied for second in the league standings. The Bobcats men's and women's cross country teams, as well as the men's tennis squad, each finished third in their respective regular season standings.

Queens claimed the overall title with an excellence rating of 0.839, followed by Mount Olive College (0.754) and Limestone College (0.718). Lees-McRae was fourth with a rating of 0.634, as Pfeiffer University finished fifth with a rating of 0.609. The Royals athletic department also topped the standings in the men's and women's categories, posting excellence ratings of 0.893 and 0.800, respectively.

Limestone (0.833), Mount Olive (0.730), Lees-McRae (0.607), and Pfeiffer (0.563) rounded out the top five in the men's competition, while Mount Olive (0.773), Erskine College (0.684), Lees-McRae (0.656), and Pfeiffer (0.646) claimed the second through fifth spots on the women's side. Lees-McRae finished in the top five for the second straight year, leading the charge after the fall seasons before Queens surged to the front after the winter campaigns and never looked back.

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