After winning 6 national titles, California Baptist University claims NCCAA Presidential Award
Courtesy CBU Sports Information
GREENVILLE, SC - On the strength of six national championships, California Baptist University received the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Presidential Award June at the association’s annual convention during the weekend of June 1-3.
The NCCAA Presidential Award is presented annually to the institution in each division that compiles the most points through National Championship competition. The Lancers garnered 93 points, finishing just two points ahead of second-place Cedarville. Indiana Wesleyan was third with 62 points.
CBU won national titles in men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s golf, softball and baseball, grabbing 12 points for each national title won.
The Lancers also had a runner-up finish in women’s cross country, finished third in men’s cross country, and placed seventh in women’s basketball. Despite competing in just four of the 18 events offered, the Lancers also registered an eighth-place finish in men’s indoor track and field to nab an additional point.
Women’s golf also earned a runner-up finish at the NCCAA National Championships, but the NCCAA stipulates that at least 33% of the division’s membership must sponsor the sport in order for it to be eligible for the point system and thus it did not factor into the scoring.
Only three institutions won multiple national championships this year but the other two managed just two apiece. Cedarville captured women’s indoor track and field and men’s basketball, while Olivet Nazarene claimed men’s indoor track and field and women’s outdoor track and field.
Indiana Wesleyan grabbed men’s indoor track and field, Campbellsville won men’s tennis, and Palm Beach Atlantic picked up women’s tennis. The Lancers won six of 16 sports and also scored points in 10 of the 14 sports for which they were eligible.
With a membership of more than 100 colleges and universities, the NCCAA is an association of Christ-centered collegiate institutions whose mission is to use athletic competition as an integral component of education, evangelism and encouragement. It is committed to equipping student-athletes and coaches to make a positive impact for Christ. The non-profit organization hosts 23 National Championships and Invitationals annually and has two divisions of membership.